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New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson won the first ever Amlin Plus Eventers’ Challenge at Hickstead, producing a polished clear with the nine-year-old gelding Cillnabradden Evo.
Tom, who is on the British squad for this September’s FEI European Eventing championships, held the lead until 13th-drawn Andrew rode in to the famous International Arena. The New Zealander has a good record at Hickstead, winning the Eventing Grand Prix in 2002 and finishing second in the class in 2012, and he’s been on a spectacular run of form of late with a host of three- and four-star wins under his belt.
His time of 124.94sec put the pressure on the remaining competitors and, while Helen Wilson (Glendun) and Pippa Funnell (Billy The Biz) both added to the tally of clear rounds, no one could come close to Andrew’s time.
“It made the class having Tom go first as he was very fast and slick and I knew I couldn’t waste any time or I wouldn’t catch him”
“It’s very intense out there,