Nicholson’s Olympic horse Lord Killinghurst dies

Andrew Nicholson and Lord Killinghurst
Andrew Nicholson and Lord Killinghurst. © Jan Milne

Andrew Nicholson’s 2008 Olympic horse Lord Killinghurst has died after suffering a heart attack after being turned out in his paddock this week.

Lord Killinghurst was to have joined Headley Britannia in a retirement ceremony at Badminton in May this year, and his death was announced by Badminton organisers.

Lord Killinghurst, 21, was second at Badminton in 2004, fourth in 2005 and fifth in 2007. He also placed third at Burghley three times, and was fourth in 2007.

The 16.2hh son of  Sulaafahd and Killinghurst Girl VII was owned by Robin and Nicky Salmon.

Lord Killinghurst had 1904 British Eventing points, the fifth highest in the all-time points ranking list.

His last official start was at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, when he was eliminated after a fall at the second last jump on the cross-country.

• Paul Tapner’s former eventer Highpoint died on March 6, at the age of 22. Tapner won Bramham on Highpoint (Joey) in 2000, which prompted the Australian to stay in Britain.

They also completed Burghley in 2003 and Badminton in 2004. The Polish warmblood was owned by Sarah Smith and her mother Helen Rowe.

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