At home with Nick Skelton | The Horse Magazine
After suffering a broken neck from a riding accident in , and being forced into an early retirement, Olympic show jumping champion Nick. Nicholas David Skelton, CBE (born 30 December , Bedworth, Warwickshire) is a British former equestrian who competed in show jumping. He retired at the. For nearly two decades, Laura Kraut has donned the signature red jacket of the “However, when that isn't possible - either my sister or partner, Nick Skelton.
Oh for the benefit of hindsight! From the end of Nick made it perfectly clear he was only going to ride Big Star from then on.
That takes a lot of work, as I said two hours a day at the blinking gym! Every rider has a different feel, at different age, and some riders probably never feel that at all, but I do. I think I could do that with ones I like. For example I saw the mare in Holland, tried her and liked her instantly, which is a good omen.
Experience tells, but it is horsemanship. They want success, to get up the computer list, and the only way to do that is to jump a lot. Being No 1 in the World is not my life. As Nick puts it: His biggest worry was stopping.
Closing Out the Legendary Story of Nick Skelton and Big Star at Windsor
She was preparing for the Beijing Olympics via training in Holland, and arrived a day early. There was a show nearby; she decided to drive up there. She spotted a horse with an incredible jump, ridden by an American who lives in Holland. Laura called Nick and said he had to come buy this horse. A couple of days later he did just that.
Then look at him now, laid back, quiet in his box. Every word Nick speaks rings with such affection for this horse. Their most disappointing moment came at the Athens Olympics in where they were leading until the final round. After Arko retired, Skelton revisited an old friend and owner for support and new horses, Gary and Beverley Widdowson now own his competition horses that include Carlohis European Individual Bronze medal partner, Big Star and Unique.
In doing so he became the oldest British Olympic gold medallist since He receivedvotes, placing him third. Team Gold medal with Big Star Team Silver medal with Maybe World championships Team Bronze medal with If Ever Team Silver medal and individual Bronze medal with Apollo The pair went on to earn two Olympic gold medals, as well as numerous other achievements, throughout their career together, overcoming many obstacles along the way.
On May 14, the global equestrian community rallied together to say goodbye to these two legendary athletes as they retired from the sport in top form at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The whole story of Nick Skelton and Big Star is remarkable, and truly one of the most extraordinary journeys in the sport of show jumping. I cheered them on from the sidelines as they won Olympic gold in and and I was honored to be onsite at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and support the both of them at their retirement ceremony two weeks ago.
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That was an incredible moment. During the London Olympics, Big Star was by far the best horse of the whole competition. He sadly had the rail down in the final or he would have won individual gold that year.
After London, Big Star sustained a suspensory injury, which was very frustrating. Then he got another injury, which resulted in more time off. Nick is still physically fit and able to go out and win and continue to be one of the best riders there has ever been.