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Nick Skelton

Medal record
Alternative Olympics
Silver 1980 Rotterdam Team jumping
World Championships
Bronze 1982 Dublin Team jumping
Silver 1986 Aachen Team jumping
Bronze 1986 Aachen Individual jumping
Bronze 1990 Stockholm Team jumping
Bronze 1998 Rome Team Jumping
European Championships
Gold 1985 Dinard Team jumping
Gold 1987 St Gallen Team jumping
Bronze 1987 St Gallen Individual jumping
Gold 1989 Rotterdam Team jumping
Silver 1991 La Baule Team jumping
Silver 1993 Gijon Team jumping
Silver 1995 St Gallen Team jumping

Nicholas "Nick" Skelton (born December 30, 1957 in Bedworth, Warwickshire) 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 2001 which could easily have ended his show jumping career, but he has since recovered and begun competing again. Skelton won the British Open title in 2004 at the British Open Show Jumping Championships. His current competition horses, Arko III and Russel are owned by John and Lisa Hales. He has written an autobiography with his secretary Mary Neal, 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.

Major achievements

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
  • World championships
    • 1982: Dublin. Team Bronze medal with If Ever
    • 1986: Aachen. Team Silver medal and individual Bronze medal with Apollo
    • 1990: Stockholm. Team Bronze medal with Grand Slam
    • 1998: Rome. Team Bronze medal with Hopes are High
  • European Championships
    • 1985: Dinard. Team Gold medal and individual 4th with St. James
    • 1987: St. Gallen. Team Gold medal and individual Bronze medal with Apollo
    • 1989: Rotterdam. Team Gold medal with Apollo
    • 1991: La Baule. Team Silver medal with Phoenix Park
    • 1993: Gijon. Team Silver medal with Dollar Girl
    • 1995: St. Gallen. Team Silver medal with Dollar Girl
  • Junior European Championships
    • 1974: Lucerne. Team Silver medal with Maybe
    • 1975: Dornbirn. Team Silver medal and individual Gold medal with O.K
  • Volvo World Cup Final
    • 1985: Berlin. 2nd with St James
    • 1995: Gothenburg. Winner with Dollar Girl
    • 1996: Geneva. 3rd with Dollar Girl
  • Hickstead Derby
    • 1987: Winner with J Nick
    • 1988: Winner with Apollo
    • 1989: Winner with Apollo
  • King George V Gold Cup
    • 1984: Winner with St. James
    • 1993: Winner with Limited Edition
    • 1996: Winner with Cathleen III
    • 1999: Winner with Hopes are High

Nick Skelton currently holds the British Show Jumping High Jump record, at 7ft 7in 5/16th (2.32m) set at Olympia in 1978 with Lastic.


Skelton's main horses have included Maybe, St. James, Apollo, and Dollar Girl.

One of his current rides, Arko III, is a 1994 16.2 hh Bay Oldenburg Stallion, by Argentinius (Hanoverian), out of Unika (Oldenburg) by Beach Boy (Oldenburg). He was previously ridden by Robert Whitaker. Arko has carried Skelton to several Grand Prix wins, as well as an 11th place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Also another World Class Horse Skelton rode was Russell, owned by John and Lisa Hales.

Skelton currently rides Nemo, Transmission and Carlo all of whom are owned by Beverley Widdowson.

Career statistics

Individual wins







September 4, 2008 Flag of Canada Spruce Meadows, Canada CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament CANA Cup CSIO***** Arko III
September 7, 2008 Flag of Canada Spruce Meadows, Canada CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament CN International CSIO***** Arko III

Team wins







August 8, 2008 Flag of Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Dublin Horse Show Samsung Super League CSIO***** Arko III


  • Skelton, N. (2001) Only Falls and Horses. Greenwater.

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