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Three horse trials wins for Andrew Nicholson

March 15, 2010

by Robin Marshall

Andrew Nicholson © Jan Milne

New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson had a successful weekend at the Tweseldown horse trials, heading home with three wins under his belt in what was the first major event for Kiwi riders in several months on British soil.

Nicholson also found time to head to the Poplar Park one-day-event over the weekend, garnering a few placings on less experienced horses.

At Tweseldown, Nicholson's successes were on his top-string horse Avebury in an open intermediate division. Avebury, by Jumbo, put up the best dressage test in the class, and despite time faults on the cross-country, the pair ended with 38.50 penalties, well ahead of British rider Emily Llewellyn and Pardon Me II with 50.50.

It was nearly a Kiwi trifecta in another open intermediate class, with Nicholson's Oplitas (by Fines) finishing on 36.80, ahead of Tim Price and the NZ-bred Vortex (Imperial Guard) on 43.30. Mark Todd and Grass Valley (Legal Pressure) were fourth on 47.10, with Australia's Paul Tapner and Inonothing third on 46.80.

Viscount George, a six-year-old son of Sir Noble, gave Nicholson his third win of the day in an intermediate division. Viscount George held the lead from the dressage and finished on 33.70, ahead of British Olympian Mary King on King Joules on 39.20.

In another open intermediate class, Kiwi rider Craig Nicolai and Just Ironic placed second on 39.40, only just pipped by Australia's Stephen Way on Secret Picnic (39.00).



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