Wilson gives Chatsworth crowd a buzz

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nicola Wilson Nicola Wilson

NICOLA WILSON delighted the crowds at Chatsworth International Horse Trials last weekend when she rode her seasoned Olympic campaigner Opposition Buzz to victory.

The 17-year-old, who partnered Wilson to an Olympic silver medal at the London 2012 Games and who was ranked as one of the best cross country horses in the world, was earlier this year retired from elite competition and will now be entered for Advanced and CIC three star events.

He has picked up two seconds so far this season before taking the the Advanced class at Chatsworth.

Wilson, 37, who is based at Morton-on-Swale, near Northallerton, also ran two of her young prospects – Watermill Vision and Ballinagore Coal – both owned by North Yorkshire businessman James Lambert, and One Two Many at Chatsworth.

The Chatsworth success highlights a busy season for team Wilson, who were in top form at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials the previous weekend.

Wilson took Annie Clover and Beltane Queen to Badminton in their first attempt at a CCI four-star event.

Annie Clover, 10, who is owned by Wilson’s mother, Mary Tweddle, was fifth at the Equi-Trek Bramham International CCI*** last year and was seventh in the Grantham Cup CIC*** at Belton, Lincolnshire, last month.

Wilson was delighted with the mare’s attitude in the dressage at Badminton. “She began a little tense but grew in confidence,” she said.

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