“I would do it all again if I could.” Nick Skelton
After a stellar career spanning more than four decades, British Show Jumping legend Nick Skelton and his horse Big Star bade a public farewell on the last day of England’s Royal Windsor Horse Show this past weekend, retiring from a sport in which the 59-year-old has won most of the major global titles — including Olympic gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
“When you came back from your broken neck and took Arko to Athens, that was amazing,” said compere Nick Brooks-Ward. “For you to go on and win team gold in London and individual gold in Rio says to us here at Royal Windsor: you are the greatest showjumper the world has ever seen.”
In front of the Queen and an overflowing arena, the celebrated Show Jumping pair walked together in front of many emotional onlookers, with Skelton paying tribute to his champion competition partner and all who have helped him over the course of his career.
“I’ve had the most wonderful horses, great owners and great sponsors, and I am very proud of what I have done,” he said.
The Team GB jacket came off. The saddle was removed... Big Star will retire from competition and go to stud, while Skelton will reportedly continue his work with young horses, amongst other things.