Born in 1961, Andrew Nicholson and his family have long been involved in the Kihikihi equestrian field. Mr Nicholson first competed overseas in 1984 but has made the UK his home so that he is able to compete in international competitions. He has a fantastic competition record over the past 25 years, consistently holding an FEI world ranking within the top 10.
Mr Nicholson has represented New Zealand at six Olympic Games and won team silver in Barcelona and team bronze in Atlanta. He represented New Zealand at five World Equestrian Champs, winning team gold at Stockholm in 1990 and Rome in 1998.
Mr Nicholson has the honour of holding the record for contesting Badminton the most times (26) with seven top 10 finishes. He also holds the record for contesting Burghley, which he won in 1995 and 2000, and has 14 top 10 finishes.
Andrew Nicholson was inducted into the Te Awamutu Walk of fame in 2008.