Welcome to Nicola Wilson Eventing
International event rider, Nicola Wilson is based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire and with her great partner, ‘Opposition Buzz’, were pathfinders for the British Team, winning team gold and bronze medals at the European Championships in 2009/2011, Team gold at the World Equestrian Games 2010 (USA) and Olympic Team Silver Medal at London 2012 Olympics.
The 2015 eventing season for Team Wilson got off to a slow and difficult start due to an unfortunate broken collarbone for Nicola, however, it turned into her best season to date with many personal bests being achieved, including a FEI world eventing ranking of 8th position in June.
Fantastic results started the 3 Day Event season off in fine form. Annie Clover flew to the USA in April for the Rolex CCI**** event in Kentucky, where a super double clear landed her an 8th place.
One Two Many then followed suit with a superb double clear for 7th in the CCI**** at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and then went on to win a further two CIC***’s, with double clears at both Hopetoun and Burgham International Horse Trials, resulting him gaining his Rio Olympic qualification and call up for for Team GBR at the FEI Longines European Eventing Championships that were held at Blair Atholl, helping secure a team silver medal.
Winning the CIC*** at the Equi-trek Bramham International Horse Trials gave Annie Clover a direct reserve slot to One Two Many for the European Championships and also her Rio Olympic qualification.
Beltane Queen went on to produce her own personal best, finishing 4th in the CIC*** at Barbury Castle, jumping a double clear and then 3rd in the British Open Championships at Gatcombe, which resulted in Nicola being crowned British National Champion.
Bulana, a young advanced horse who had been quietly improving behind the scenes started to flourish in August finishing 9th in the British Open Championships at Gatcombe, where she finished highest placed young horse. This lovely young mare just kept on impressing, winning the Advanced class at Allerton Park followed by winning the CCI*** at Military-Boekelo (NED), both times performing fabulous dressage tests and jumping double clears – as well as gaining her own Rio Olympic qualification.
Ngong Hills also had a super year winning the CCI** at Hopetoun International Horse Trials and then finished his season on a high with a 3rd in the CCI** at Osberton International Horse Trials.
For the second year running Nicola has finished the highest lady rider in the BE rankings, but as always there are highs and lows with horses and in this sport and Nicola could not be more grateful to her wonderfully loyal owners with whom they all have so much fun along the way, her fantastic sponsors, the girls on the yard who work so hard to make sure the horses are looked after, her coaches and home support team, all of whom make up ‘Team Wilson’ and to the Equestrian World Class Programme, the UK Sport’s National Lottery funded programme who’s support makes so much possible.
Everyone can now have a very well deserved rest before the training and preparations start for next year. Can the dreams become reality – only time will tell. Team Work, Team Wilson.