Nicholas "Nick" Skelton
(born 30 December 1957 in Bedworth
) is a British Showjumper
with over 30 years experience.
He began his riding career at Ted and Liz Edgar's showjumping yard. His first pony, a Welsh Mountain
, was called Oxo. He broke his neck in September 2000 which could easily have ended his show jumping career, but after retiring in 2001 he recovered and began competing again om 2002. Skelton won the British Open title in 2004 at the British Open Show Jumping Championships
. His current competition horses are owned by Beverley Widdowson. He has written an autobiography, and will soon publish an updated version. Nick has two sons, Harry and Daniel, who both are very active in Horse Racing.
In 2010, Skelton travelled to Hamburg for the second leg of the Global Champions Tour. On day 1 he finished second to Ireland's Denis Lynch in the 1m55 'Mercedes-Benz Championat of Hamburg' with Carlo
. On day 2 he took the honours in the 1m50 one-round competition with Unique XVII
to take the €5000 first prize.
He has had many successes with horses such as Maybe, St. James, Apollo, Dollar Girl and Arko. Skelton has ridden on over 144 Nations Cups teams (1978–2007). He has won various medals both as an individual and as part of the teams in the Olympics
, World Championships
and European Championships
between 1980 and 1998.
- Alternative Olympic Games
- 1980: Rotterdam. Team Silver medal with Maybe