Nick Skelton - Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Nick Skelton is one of the world’s most successful showjumping riders with a jumping career that lasted over four decades. Born in 1957, Warwickshire he began riding at the age of 18 spending time with Ted and Liz Edgar training. As a young rider Nick Skelton won individual gold at the junior European championships. At the age of 21, in 1978 Nick Skelton broke the British show jumping high jump record riding his horse Lastic, this is a record that still stands today.

Nick Skelton

Over his career Nick Skelton has participated in many British teams including winning teams at the European championships, Olympics ad many nation cup competitions.

In 2000 Nick Skelton suffered a broken neck after a bad fall while competing, Nick retired from the sport through injury but after two years on the side lines, Nick would make a return to the saddle to compete the hugely talented stallion Arko III who together world rank number one in the FEI world rankings with.
In 2012 at the London Olympics Nick rode the talented stallion Big Star, together the pair were part of the gold medal winning British team, but they narrowly missed out on the individual gold. Four years later at the Rio Olympics the pair would win the individual gold medal, this was Nick Skelton`s seventh Olympic games. Below you can watch Nick & Big Star jumping to victory in Rio

Nick Skelton & Big Star
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Nick Skelton Show Jumping Results

Olympic Games
2016: Rio. Individual Gold – Big Star
2012: London. Team Gold, Individual 5th – Big Star
2008: Beijing. Individual 28th, Team 5th – Russel
2004: Athens. Individual 10th – Arko III
1996: Atlanta. Individual 23rd, Team 11th – Show Time
1992: Barcelona. Individual 70th, Team 7th – Dollar Girl
1988: Seoul, Individual 7th, Team 6th – Apollo
1980: Rotterdam (Alternative Olympic Games) Team Silver – Maybe

World championships
1982: Dublin. Team Bronze – If Ever
1986: Aachen. Team Silver and individual Bronze – Apollo
1990: Stockholm. Team Bronze – Grand Slam
1998: Rome. Team Bronze – Hopes are High

European Championships
1985: Dinard. Team Gold and individual 4th – St. James
1987: St. Gallen. Team Gold and Individual Bronze – Apollo
1989: Rotterdam. Team Gold – Apollo
1991: La Baule. Team Silver – Phoenix Park
1993: Gijon. Team Silver Dollar Girl
1995: St. Gallen. Team Silver – Dollar Girl
2011: Madrid. Team Bronze and individual Bronze – Carlo 273

Junior European Championships
1974: Lucerne. Team Silver – Maybe 1975: Dornbirn. Team Silver and individual Gold – O.K.

World Cup Final
1996: Geneva. 3rd – Dollar Girl
1995: Gothenburg. Winner – Dollar Girl
1990: Dortmund. 6th – Grand Slam
1985: Berlin. 2nd – Everest St James

Hickstead Derby
1987: Winner – J Nick
1988: Winner – Apollo
1989: Winner Apollo

King George V Gold Cup
1984: Winner – St. James
1993: Winner – Limited Edition
1996: Winner – Cathleen III
1999: Winner – Hopes are High

Nick Skelton Horses

Big Star (Quick Star x Nimmerdor, Stallion)
Big Star is an exceptionally talented jumping stallion, together with Nick Skelton they competed in two Olympic games, winning individual gold at the Rio Olympics after being a part of the gold medal winning team at the London 2012 olympics.

Big Star
Nick Skelton and Big Star winning individual gold at Rio Olympics

Big Star is a son of the great Quick Star who was a tough little stallion competed by American Meredith Michaels (Beerbaum), other progeny of Quick Star also include Stella (Meredith Michaels Beerbaum), Orient Express (Patrice Delaveau), Quick Silver BZ (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) and many, many others

Individual gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics
winner 2012 GCT Hamburg grand prix
winner 2012 Antwerp grand prix
winner 2012 Palm Beach grand prix

Carlo 273 (Contender x Cascavelle)
Together with Nick Skelton, Carlo 273 jumped up to grand prix and caught the attention of many international riders. In 2012 Carlo 273 was purchased by Spanish rider Sergio Moya . Carlo 273 is a Holstein gelding, sired by the great Contender out of a Cascavelle mare.

winner St Gallen grand prix riding Carlo 273

Arko III (Argentinus x Beach Boy)
Nick Skelton is the horse that brought Nick Skelton back to the saddle after his retirement after a bad fall, together the pair won many major classes, over his career Arko III won over £1.2 million in prize money, in 2004 Nick Skelton and Arko III represented the UK at the Athens olympics. Arko III is now retired to stud and is producing some very talented offspring that includes, Argento competed by John Whitaker and Aristio with Anthony Condon.

Arko III

winner 2008 CN International Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows
winner 2008 Grobbendonk grand prix
winner 2007 GCT Estoril grand prix
winner 2006 Lucerne grand prix
winner 2006 Rome grand prix
winner 2005 Leipzig world cup qualifier
winner 2005 Spruce Meadows grand prix
winner 2004 British Open
winner 2003 Netherlands grand prix
winner 2002 Portimao grand prix
winner 2002 Lizerias grand prix

Russel II (Corofino x Lincoln)
Another stallion competed by Nick Skelton, Russel represented team GB at the Beijing olympics in 2008 and at the 2006 world championships. Russel is a stallion who has produced international showjumpers Outcast competed by Mennel Watson and Rodgerio ridden by Emilio Bicocchi.

Russel - Stallion

winner 2004 Royal International grand prix, Hickstead
winner 2004 Royal Windsor grand prix

Jalisco – Sired by Voltaire, winner 2000 Royal Windsor grand prix

Nick Skelton - Showjumper

Hopes are High – Flagmount Diamond
winner 1999 King George V gold cup
winner 1998 Gijon grand prix
winner 1998 Dublin grand prix
winner 1998 Du Maurier Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows

Showtime – Pilot x Ramiro Z
winner 1998 Madrid grand prix
winner 1997 Lisbon grand prix
winner 1997 HOYS grand prix
winner 1996 Madrid grand prix
winner 1995 Barcelona grand prix
winner 1995 San Marino grand prix
winner 1995 HOYS grand prix

Zalza – Sired by Zeus winner 1998 Leeuwarden grand prix riding Zalza
winner 1996 Masters, Olympia

Dollar Girl – Dynamo x Salem
Dollar Girl is a mare with whom Nick Skelton had lots of success, winning many grand prix`s, over her jumping career she won over 1.2 million pounds in prize money. In 1995 Dollar Girl was sold to Mexican breeder Alfonso Romo

winner 1996 Bordeaux world cup qualifier
winner 1996 Italy grand prix
winner 1996 Gijon grand prix
winner 1995 Gothenburg world cup qualifier
winner 1995 Denmark Masters
winner 1995 Stuttgart grand prix
winner 1994 Millstreet world cup qualifier
winner 1993 St Gallen grand prix
winner 1993 Ascona grand prix
winner 1993 Du Maurier Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows

winner 1996 King George V gold cup

Major Wager
winner 1993 Paris grand prix
winner 1993 Paris world cup qualifier
winner 1993 Gothenburg grand prix
winner 1992 Genk grand prix
winner 1992 Gothenburg grand prix

Limited Edition
winner 1993 King George V Gold cup
winner 1992 Amsterdam masters

Phoenix Park (ex Last Resort) sired by Hildenley

Phoenix Park
winner 1991 Leading showjumper of the year, HOYS
winner 1991 HOYS masters
winner 1991 Dublin grand prix
winner 1990 Dublin grand prix

Fiorella – Freiherr x Lasso
winner 1990 Kossen grand prix
winner 1990 Cortina grand prix

Grand Slam – Sired by Grannus winner 1990 HOYS grand prix riding Grand Slam

Apollo sired by Erdball xx

Apollo - Nick Skelton

winner 1989 Hickstead Derby
winner 1988 Hickstead Derby
winner 1988 Dublin grand prix
winner 1988 Aachen grand prix
winner 1987 Aachen grand prix
winner 1985 Dublin grand prix
winner 1985 Toronto world cup qualifier
winner 1985 New York world cup qualifier

J Nick

J-Nick - Nick Skelton

winner 1987 Hickstead Derby riding J Nick

St James

Nick Skelton & Laura Kraut
winner 1985 Antwerp world cup qualifier
winner 1985 Du Maurier grand prix, Spruce Meadows
winner 1984 King George V Gold Cup, Hickstead
winner 1983 Toronto world cup qualifier
winner 1983 Olympia world cup qualifier

If Ever
winner 1983 Aachen grand prix

Competed by Nick Skelton early on in his career, Lastic and Nick won many classes both nationally and internationally. In 1978 at the age of 21 Nick Skelton rode Lastic to a high jump fence of 7-foot 7 inches, this is still the record high jump in the UK.

winner 1979 world cup qualifier

winner 1978 Leading Showjumper of the Year, HOYS riding Maybe



Nick Skelton & Lastic

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