World number one Andrew Nicholson has scored another high-level win, this time at the weekend’s Boekelo International Horse Trials in The Netherlands.
He was also a member of the New Zealand team that finished second to Germany in the Nations Cup.
Nicholson and Quimbo trailed Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung through the dressage and cross country phases, but he knew he had a pretty good chance of overtaking the German in the showjumping.
“Quimbo is an amazing showjumper for an eventer,” said a very happy Nicholson just after the victory. “He is good at everything, but particularly this, so I thought we had a good chance.”
Jung dropped two rails in the final phase, giving Nicholson the win.
Wet weather had made ground conditions tricky throughout the event, and Nicholson and nine-year-old Quimbo were 108th of the 112 strong field to go in the cross country.
“It looked worse than it rode, but the same narrow track ridden by so many gets quite deep. It becomes a lot harder work for him but he coped very well.”
In third place was France’s Nicolas Touzaint on Princesse Pilot with 43.40 penalties, and in fourth was Ingrid Klimke (Germany) on Tabasco 70.
It is the second time Nicholson has won Boekelo.
Quimbo has been with Nicholson since he was three, and has consistently featured on the podium.
Just two weeks ago Nicholson and Quimbo won the eight and nine-year-old championship at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, and in late August, Nicholson and Avebury won the Burghley International Horse Trials.
“Now we just need to do the same at Pau,” he said, of the four star event in two weeks time.
Other Kiwis to feature in the top 20 were team members Mark Todd and Leonidas II (17th) and Megan Heath aboard St Daniel (18th), and individual Jesse Campbell on Kool Kaapachino, who was 20th.
1 Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Quimbo 38.8
2 Michael Jung (GER) Halunke FBW 40
3 Nicholas Touzaint (FRA) Princesse Pilot 43.4
4 Ingrid Klimke (GER) Tabasco 70
5 Kenki Sato (JAP) Toy Boy 50
6 Piggy French (GBR) West Side 50.6
7 Sarah Bullimore (GBR) Lilly Corinne 50.6
8 Benjamin Winter (GER) Ispo 51.4
9 Elaine Pen (NETH) Vira 51.6
10 Felix Vogg (SWI) Onfire 51.8
1 Germany 149
2 New Zealand 155.60
3 France 175.20
4 Netherlands 180.60
5 Great Britain 210
6 USA 212.40
7 Ireland 215
8 Italy 256.20
9 Sweden 1121.40
10 Australia 1130.80
11 Belgium 1151.40
12 Switzerland 1161.60