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Curtains close for Nick Skelton and Big Star

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Nick Skelton and Big Star en route to individual gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Horse & Hound reports that reigning Olympic Champions Nick Skelton and Big Star will retire from the sport. 

After a fantastic career, the 59-year-old British rider has announced his retirement alongside his 14-year-old stallion by Quick Star x Nimmerdor that he took home two Olympic gold medals with – team gold at the 2012 Olympics in London and individual gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Horse& Hound writes that an official retirement ceremony will take place at Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday 14 May.

“I have always stated that when Big Star finished I would too. This sport has given me more than I could ever have hoped over the past 43 years and it is such a difficult decision to make, but I’m not getting any younger and it is nice for the two of us to end on the highest note possible,” Skelton says to Horse & Hound.

Skelton goes into history as one of the true legends of the sport with two Olympic gold medals, two silver and four bronze medals from World Championships and three gold, three silver and three bronze medals from European Championships in addition to countless World Cup, Grand Prix and Nations Cup wins around the world – one of the most prestigious being the Grand Prix of Aachen back in 2013, also on Big Star. Skelton also won the 1995 World Cup Final on Dollar Girl. 

Read the full story on Horse & Hound here.


Source: Horse & Hound // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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