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Nicholson continues solid eventing return

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/04/2016

Andrew Nicholson has enjoyed another encouraging outing in his return from injury as New Zealand's leading eventers thrived at a three-star event in Norfolk.

Kiwis dominated the top-10 of the advanced section at the Burnham Market Horse trials but none could match German winner Bettina Hoy on Designer 10.

Tim Price was second (riding Wesko) and fourth (Bango) while Sir Mark Todd was fifth (Leonidas II), Jonelle Price sixth (Classic Moet), Megan Heath eighth (St Daniel) and Nicholson ninth (Nereo).

Six-time Olympian Nicholson managed 14th on his second mount, Qwanza, to complete a satisfying weekend at his second event since returning from a career-threatening neck injury.

The 54-year-old tasted victory at a lower-tier competition in Somerset two weeks ago, seven months after undergoing surgery to stabilise his spine following a fall during a three-start event in Gatcombe.

The New Zealand contingent also produced strong results in various intermediate classes over the weekend as the contest for Rio Olympic selection picks up speed.

Nicholson is among those to have entered horses in the four-star Badminton Horse Trials in May.

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