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Country: New Zealand

Age: 48

New Zealander Craig, is based in Berkshire.

A former engineer, he was born in Palmerston North and raised in Rotorua. When he was 10 Craig was given a 13.2hh dun pony called Little Chief, who he competed in the Pony Club. Craig tackled his first advanced event at the age of 17 and in 2004 he won the National Advanced Championships and took second place in the World Cup Qualifier at Kihikihi, which earned him a place in the World Cup final in Pau.

After an injury to his horse, Bush Ranger, prevented him from competing in the finals, Craig relocated to the UK and now runs Craig Nicolai Eventing based at Boomerang Stables near Hungerford.

Craig has completed Land Rover Burghley on two previous occasions and this year completed his first Badminton twice this will be his first competitive appearance at Badminton.

Just Ironic, a 15-year-old gelding was bred in New Zealand and is by the NZ thoroughbred Ironclad (also the sire of Burghley entry Kiwi Smog) out of a half Cleveland Bay mare by the thoroughbred Whakapirau. Just Ironic was bought by Craig as a two-year-old from breeder Virginia Caro, who also bred his half-brother Bush Ranger. Craig’s younger horse Mercury Bay is also by Ironclad.


  • 2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 16th Just Ironic
  • 2013 – Barbury Castle 16th Just Ironic
  • 2013 – Bramham CCI3* 25th Just Ironic
  • 2013 – Burnham Market 33rd Just Ironic
  • 2012 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 47th Just Ironic
  • 2012 – Bramham CCI3* 26th Just Ironic
  • 2012 – Houghton Hall CICO3* 41 Just Ironic
  • 2012 – Burnham Market CIC3* 7th Just Ironic
  • 2011 – Burghley CCI4* 38th Just Ironic
  • 2011 – Hartpury CIC*** 23rd Just Ironic
  • 2011 – Bramham CCI3* 31st Just Ironic
  • 2010 – Burghley CCI4* 41 Just Ironic
  • 2010 – Chatsworth CIC*** 17th Just Ironic
  • 2009 – Blenheim CCI*** 20th Just Ironic
  • 2004 – Wairarapa CIC*** 1st Bush Ranger
  • 2004 – Kihikihi CIC*** 2nd Bush Ranger
  • 2002 – Taupo CCI*** 7th Bush Ranger
  • 2002 – Wairarapa CIC*** 8th Bush Ranger

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