(Reuters) - New Zealander Andrew Nicholson won the Badminton Horse Trials on Sunday for the first time at the 37th attempt, 18 months after breaking his neck in a fall.
The 55-year-old produced a clear final round in the show-jumping riding Nereo to move above double Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung and overnight leader Ingrid Klimke of Germany.
Nereo, 17, became the oldest horse to win the showpiece event in south-west England.
“Of course, I knew I would win Badminton one day – I just didn’t know when!” said Nicholson who first competed at Badminton in 1984.
“Nereo is a truly amazing horse. The amount of big events he’s done year after year is unbelievable,” the six-times Olympian added.
“It’s been worth the wait. I’ve won big events before but this just feels so different.”
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond