Nicholson’s ’96 Olympic medalist Jagermeister dies at 28

Jagermeister. © Sarah Power

Andrew Nicholson’s 1996 Olympic eventing horse Jagermeister has been euthanised in New Zealand at the age of 28.

The passing of the horse was reported by Sarah Power, who said he was “a little horse with a big heart, such a lovable boy to have around and did a great job at looking after the babies in his trus retirement years”.

The 16hh New Zealand bred son of the trakehner stallion Polarschnee was out of a pony-thoroughbred cross mare, and owned by Libby Sellars.

Nicholson rode Jagermeister to many international events, including the World Equestrian Games at The Hauge, and the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 when he won team bronze.

In his 1998 book Kiwi Magic, Nicholson said: “He is the strongest horse I have ever ridden because he wants to stretch his neck out, rather than bringing it in. If he would just let me ride him a bit more on the cross-country, he would be one of the best.

“He’s not that big, but when you sit on him he gives the impression of being a huge, powerful horse. He feels very different from thoroughbreds in that they perform out of lightness, whereas he operates out of sheer power.”

After his retirement from eventing at the age of 16, he returned to New Zealand and started his showjumping career. He competed at grand prix level, and competed in his last GP at the age of 23.

Powers said his memory will live on with the new “Jagermeister Trophy”, given for the Kinloch Canterbury GP Series.

Jagermeister and Andrew Nicholson.
Jagermeister and Andrew Nicholson. © Sarah Power

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