Date of Birth
At 15 years old, Nick took a difficult pony to the Edgar stable for advice and was offered a job - for the next 12 years he learnt from mentor Ted Edgar.
With a career that has now spanned four decades, Nick has been one of the major front runners of the sport at both a national and international level. An injury to his neck in 2000 forced him to retire but, after making a great recovery and being given the all clear he returned to the sport late in 2002 and has never looked back.
His career highlights include winning the King George V cup four times, the Hickstead Derby three times and being a World Cup Final winner with Dollar Girl in 1995.
Nick has represented Great Britain at 167 Nations Cup competitions, six Olympic Games (counting the Alternative Olympic Games in 1980), won five World and ten senior European Championship medals and currently holds the British record for jumping the highest fence – 7’7” at Olympia in 1978.
He had an amazing start to his 2012 campaign, recording nine major wins during a twelve week competition out in Florida and was awarded an OBE for his services to equestrian sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June this year.
2012 Olympic Games: Team Gold (Big Star)
2011 European Championships: Team Bronze and Individual Bronze (Carlo)
2008 Olympic Games: Team 5th (Russel)
2004 Olympic Games: =13th Individually (Arko III)
2003 European Championships (Arko III)
1999 European Championships: Team 4th (Hopes are High)
1998 World Equestrian Games: Team Bronze (Hopes are High)
1996 Olympic Games: Team =11th (Show Time)
1995 European Championship: Team Silver (Everest Dollar Girl)
1994 World Equestrian Games: Team 6th (Everest Dollar Girl)
1993 European Championship: Team Silver (Everest Dollar Girl)
1992 Olympic Games: Team 7th (Dollar Girl)
1991 European Championship: Team Silver (Phoenix Park)
1990 World Equestrian Games: Team Bronze (Alan Paul Grand Slam)
1989 European Championship: Team Gold (Burmah Apollo/Serenade)
1988 Olympic Games (Apollo)
1987 European Championship: Team Gold and Individual Bronze (Raffles Apollo)
1986 World Equestrian Games: Team Silver and Individual Bronze (Raffles Apollo)
1985 European Championship: Team Gold (Everest St James)
1982 World Equestrian Games: Team Bronze (Everest If Ever)
1980 (Alternative) Olympic Games: Team Silver (Maybe)
1975 Junior European Championships: Team Silver and Individual Gold (O.K.)
1974 Junior European Championships: Team Silver (Maybe)
For a full biography and competition history please visit the British Showjumping website
For more information about Nick, visit his website - www.nickskelton.com