Wilson to keep Olympic star Buzz training after top year

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Northallerton eventer Nicola Wilson has confirmed her Olympic star Opposition Buzz will remain in eventing training next year.

Wilson finished the year last month with promising results at the Osberton International and Military Boekelo Three Day Events.

And, with the season at a close, the British Eventing ranked her as the sixth best rider based on points gained throughout the year.

The 37-year-old said: “I have had a fabulous season with all my horses.

“They have shown consistency at the level at which they are competing at, which makes it exciting for the future.

“I am thrilled to have finished sixth. It rounds off a good season. I would like to thank everyone that helped make it possible.

“All the horses will now have a winter break before I start preparing them for next season and that includes Opposition Buzz.”

Wilson partnered eight-year-old Ngong Hills at Osberton and led the dressage competition in the CCI two star after the first day of competition.

A clear cross-country round maintained her position at the top, but a pole down in the showjumping dropped her to fourth overall.

Wilson said: “This was still a fantastic result but so nearly the win that he deserved.

“Ngong Hills has had a great season being in the top ten in both of his three day events and we hope that he will step up to advanced and three star level next year, which will be exciting”.

Wilson also ended Osberton’s one star competition in eighth aboard younger horse Hero Motivatory.

The horse lied sixth in the dressage but knocked a pole down in the showjumping after a clear cross country course. Nine-year-old Annie Clover, the horse Wilson finished fifth at Bramham on board, again showed her three-star eventing potential as Wilson steered her to tenth at the Military Beokelo event in Holland.

More than half the competitors were eliminated or retired in the cross country examination. But Wilson and Annie Clover shone. And a clear-round in the final day’s showjumping leapt above several toiling competitors.

“This top ten placing along with her fifth place at Bramham in June this year is exciting for the future,” added Wilson.