THE final day of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2017 saw Andrew Nicholson take the title – 33 years after he first rode at the event and only 18 months since he suffered a life-threatening fall.

Andrew went into the show jumping round in third position and kept his cool to pull off the round of his life riding Deborah Sellar’s 17-year-old gelding, Nereo.

He said: “I always thought I would win Badminton, and I’ve just had to keep on coming here and taking my turn. It’s been worth the wait. I’ve won big events before but this just feels so different.”

“Such an exciting finish to the competition,” said Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. “Andrew Nicholson has completed Badminton a record-breaking 37 times, but the title had always eluded him. To come back from serious injury and finish at the top of the table here this year is the stuff of fairytales.

“Mitsubishi Motors is extremely proud to sponsor the Badminton Horse Trials for what is a truly inspirational sport in a very special venue. Thank you to everyone involved, we’re already looking forward to 2018.”

As well as enjoying world-class equestrian action, visitors also benefited from Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s top-flight sporting partnership with England Rugby.

Gloucester Rugby stars Richard Hibbard, James Hook, Greig Laidlaw, Jonny May and Ben Morgan were all signing autographs on the manufacturer’s brand experience stand, while Mitsubishi Motors in the UK brand ambassador and England rugby union star Dylan Hartley was also a guest of the event.

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