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Nicholson to contest Luhmuhlen event

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/06/2016

New Zealand veteran Andrew Nicholson is out to continue a roll when he contests the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany.

Former winners Nicholson and Tim Price are the only Kiwis in a strong field for the last four-star event ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Nicholson is coming off victory at last week's Bramham International Horse Trials in Yorkshire, an encouraging result less than a year after suffering a serious neck injury.

The six-time Olympian, 54, came close to paralysis when he fell heavily during the cross-country phase of a three-star event in Gatcombe in August.

This will be his first four-star event since the injury, having pulled out before the recent Badminton Horse Trials citing fitness concerns.

Nicholson, who won at Luhmuhlen in 2013 on Mr Cruise Control, has Perfect Stranger and Qwanza on the card. Perfect Stranger is making a debut at four-star level.

World No.10 ranked eventer Price, who won two years ago on Wesko, will ride 13-year-old Ringwood Sky Boy for the first time at Luhmuhlen. The same horse finished second at the Burghley Horse Trials last year.

"The showjumping, which has been a weakness for him in the past, is coming along, so I am anticipating a good day for him on Sunday and a good week all round," Price said.

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