Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson wins at Bramham

Nicola Wilson, on Watermill Vision, on the way to victory in the Cross Country CIC event.

Nicola Wilson, on Watermill Vision, on the way to victory in the Cross Country CIC event.

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Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson has landed her first Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials victory.

Wilson bagged the CIC three-star event on a horse owned by her parents Mary and Barry Tweddle

London 2012 silver medallist and world no 10 Wilson proved untouchable in the CIC three-star, regaining first place from Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz in Saturday’s cross country finale.

Both combinations recorded clears on Saturday morning’s show jumping phase but Wilson’s Annie Clover had the superior speed over the cross country course as time penalties demoted Funnell and Billy The Biz back to second.

Wilson, 38, was bagging her first victory at Bramham in her 11th year competing there and beamed: “It feels fantastic and I can’t quite believe it’s happened. To win here in Yorkshire at Bramham on Annie Clover who is owned by my parents is magical.”

Runner-up Funnell had predicted that the more experienced Annie Clover would regain the lead over the cross country course and joked: “I didn’t want to be unpopular with the Yorkshire locals so when no-one was looking we went off into the woods and went for a trot.”

Wilson also took fourth in the CIC three-star with Watermill Vision but her Bulana was retired on the cross country course of the CCI three-star event in which Marlborough-based Harris beat off Kitty King and Persimmon.