Nicholson collects bonus as top-ranked rider

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 08:54 23/12/2013

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Andrew Nicholson has officially collected his second consecutive US$50,000 bonus after ending the 2013 season as the No 1-ranked three-day event rider in the world.

Nicholson was first awarded the bonus at the end of last year after retaining the top spot in the rankings since the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park, where he led the bronze medal-winning team.

The 52-year-old, born and raised in Te Awamutu but based in the eventing hub of England since 1980, has now held top spot for 19 consecutive months.

He has notched four four-star wins in that period and will add a fifth title when he is eventually awarded the 2013 Burghley crown, which will be stripped of his compatriot Jock Paget whose horse, Clifton Promise, twice failed a drugs test.

Nicholson also ends 2013 as leader of the British eventing rankings for the 15th time in his career, while he also won the FEI Classics series that covers the six four-star events in the world, claiming a US150,000 cheque.

''This is a great honour, and it doesn't get more special than this,'' Nicholson said today, after being presented with a silver salver at Olympia, The London International Horse Show.

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