Avebury, who won Burghley CCI4* three times (2012-2014) with Andrew Nicholson, was sadly put down today.
The 16-year-old, who retired from eventing in April this year after a fantastic career, was diagnosed a few weeks ago with a malignant tumour in his jaw. Sadly, there was no appropriate treatment for this type of tumour and the hard decision was made to put him to sleep.
“He has been part of our family for a very long time and has given Andrew some of the greatest days of his career. He will be deeply missed,” said Andrew and Wiggy.
Avebury also known as ‘Buddy’ at home was bred by Andrew Nicholson and initially evented by his wife Wiggy until 2007, when Andrew took over the ride.
In their first season alone, Andrew and his star horse Avebury won the CCI* at Tattersalls as well as fourth in the World Young Horse Championships at Le Lion d’Angers. Their success continued the following year winning the CCI2* at Tattersalls and the advanced class at Aston-le-Walls.
By 2009, they stepped up their game and won the title at the CCI3* at Saumur. In 2011 Andrew and Avebury were then tenth at the impressive Badminton and eighth at Burghley, and by 2012 they scored the first of their many victories in the CIC3* at Barbury Castle and at Burghley.
Since winning Great Witchingham in March this year, Avebury’s enjoyed a slower pace in life, being hacked out at home. He will be sadly missed.