Royal Windsor Horse Show (10th – 14th May), will see Nick Skelton and Big Star formally retire in the Castle Arena on Sunday 14th May.
Announcing their retirement Nick, who won Team Gold at London 2012 and Individual Gold at Rio 2016 with Big Star owned by Gary & Beverley Widdowson commented “It has come to a point, after months of thought and consideration, that myself and my partner Big Star have decided to retire from competition.
“Although there are many people, including my family, Gary and Beverley and my team that were looking forward to us carrying on this year, we feel that Big Star has done everything that a rider could ask and it is time for him to relax and enjoy his stallion duties.
“As for myself, I have always stated that when Big Star was finished I would be as well. This sport has given me more than I could have ever 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.
“Thank you to all of the incredible friends and fans for your support, we are truly appreciative and humbled. Thank you to all of my owners and sponsors throughout my career, I couldn't have done it without you. And lastly, thank you to all of the horses I've ridden, you have provided me with opportunities one could never have imagined”
The retirement will take place during the afternoon of Sunday 14th May and further detail will be released shortly.
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Nick Skelton has proudly accepted the role of Patron for the West Midlands based Charity Socks & Chocs, which was formed in 2007 by ex armed serviceman and retired police officer Ian Northcott, to relieve hardship and distress among homeless people and those in need who are living in adverse housing conditions.
Thank you to everyone who voted. What an amazing year it has been.
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Nick Skelton is one of the 16 contenders vying to be be BBC's Sports Personality of the Year 2016.
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Nick and Big Star have won Individual Gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!
In a thrilling three round competition culminating in a six horse jump off Nick and Big Star were one of only two combinations to go clear, beating Peder Fredericton and All In against the clock to claim Gold. Canada's Eric Lamaze took bronze with the fastest four fault round.
At 58 Nick is the second oldest Briton to win Olympic Gold. In a post ceremony interview Nick said "“I am not going to stop now. I only ride Big Star at the moment. When he stops, I will stop. For definite. I have been in the sport a long time. I am so happy – it was amazing. I was just emotional on the podium because I am so happy with what I’ve done. To do it now is unbelievable. It is pretty emotional for all concerned.”
Photograph courtesy of PA: Press Association
Vilamoura 1st October 2015 - Big Star's first time in the ring after a 16 month break.
Here is Big Star loading onto the horsebox for his journey down to Vilamoura in Portugal, they left at the end of last week. And today Big Star jumped clear in his first competition back after his lay-off.
Nicholas David Skelton is a world-renowned show jumping rider whose career has spanned nearly 38 years, winning thousands of classes and hundreds of Grand Prix' events. He began riding at age 18 months and in 1974 and 1975 took two team silver medals and an individual gold at the Junior European Championships. He has competed numerous times at the European Show Jumping Championships, winning three gold, three silver and three bronze medals both individually and with the British team over the course of 26 years. At the age of 54, Skelton won an Olympic gold medal as part of the victorious Great Britain show jumping team at the London Olympics in front of his home crowd. In 2013 he won the prestigious Grand Prix of Aachen aboard Big Star.
Nick is the latest famous equestrian to support Warwickshire Horse Watch, a partnership scheme between Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire horse owners to help fight equine related crime.
The scheme, which is FREE to join, and is open to all horse owners, wherever they live, provides advice on crime prevention and alerts on incidents in Warwickshire and surrounding counties.