Andrew Nicholson on the improve after surgery

Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson. © Jane Thompson

New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson is continuing to improve after neck surgery following a heavy fall at Gatcombe last weekend.

Nicholson is making good progress after the surgery and is able to walk unaided, his family said.

“Andrew is indebted to Mr Jeremy Reynolds, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, and the rest of his surgical team at the John Radcliffe hospital, for their incredible skill in his treatment. He would also like to thank the nurses in the trauma unit for the fantastic care he has received,” Nicholson’s family said in a statement.

“He is looking forward to returning home to continue his recovery and would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and goodwill, which have been much appreciated.”

Nicholson fell with Cillnabradden Evo on the cross-country at the Festival of British Eventing’s feature class at Gatcombe.

The combination came to grief on the final fence on the CIC3* course. Nicholson was first taken to hospital in Swindon, then transferred to the John Radcliffe, which is Oxfordshire’s main accident and emergency hospital.

Nicholson is one of New Zealand’s best known and successful eventing riders, with a string of victories in high-level events dating from the 1980s. His nick-name is “Mr Stickability”.

He was recently named on New Zealand’s “long list” for the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.

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