Country: Great Britain
Nicola from Northallerton in North Yorkshire, was a member of the British team that won team silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games (Opposition Buzz).
Nicola (nee Tweddle) started competing with the Hurworth Pony Club and began eventing in her teens. In 1997 she was selected as an individual, for the British Young Rider Squad to contest the European Championships in Pratoni on Mr Bumble, a horse that Nicola’s mother bought as a four-year-old when Nicola was 13. Nicola combined riding and competing with University studies gaining a degree in Sport and Business Management and was able to contest her first 4* at Land Rover Burghley in 1998 coming 10th with Mr Bumble.
Nicola then enjoyed success to 4* level with Skiver with who she was selected as reserve for the 2005 Senior British team for the European Championships at Blenheim.
In 2009 Nicola, who trains with former Badminton winner Christopher Bartle, gained her first British Senior team place and winning team gold at the European Championships with Opposition Buzz. In 2010 the pair won team gold at the WEG in Lexington and in 2011 was a member of the team that won European team bronze in Luhmuhlen. They were reserve for the 2012 British Olympic team and gained a place on the team after the withdrawal of Piggy French.
Nicola has always enjoyed hunting and has been a keen member of the Bedale Hunt, along with her husband Alastair, brother, sister and Mother Mary who was a Master for eight seasons.
Opposition Buzz, owned by his breeder Rosemary Search is a 16-year-old gelding by the Trakehner stallion Fleetwater Opposition. He is out of Rosemary’s mare Jungle Bee who is by the Thoroughbred by Java Tiger, sire of many former Badminton horses. Nicola has had the ride on Rosemary Search’s homebred Opposition Buzz, AKA Dodi since 2004 bringing him through the levels to his first Badminton in 2007.
- 2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* 23rd Beltane Queen
- 2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* EL Opposition Bizz
- 2013 – Bramham CCI3* 5th Annie Clover, 8th Beltane Queen
- 2013 – Chatsworth CIC3* Beltane Queen 4th, 32nd Annie Clover
- 2013 – Badminton CCI4* 30th Opposition Buzz
- 2013 – Burnham Market CIC3* 11th Annie Clover, 13th Opposition Buzz
- 2012 – London OG 28th Opposition Buzz
- 2012 – Babury Castle CIC3* 7th Opposition Buzz
- 2012 – Bramham CIC3* 11th Opposition Buzz, Ret Applejack II
- 2012 – Houghton Hall CIC3* 6th Annie Clover
- 2012 – Le Lions D’Angers CH-YH-CCI2* 5th Annie Clover
- 2011 – Pau CCI4* 18th Bee Diplomatic
- 2011 – Boekelo CCI3* 33rd Inde
- 2011 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-C3* 16th Opposition Buzz
- 2011 – Blair Castle CCI3* 6th Looks Similar
- 2011 – Blair Castle CIC3* 1st Bee Diplomatic
- 2011 – Hopetoun CIC3* 2nd Been Diplomatic, 11th Looks Similar, CCI** 1st Aristotles
- 2011 – Aachen CICO4* 13th Opposition Buzz
- 2011 – Bramham CCI3* 6th Be Diplomatic
- 2011 – Badminton 7th Opposition Buzz, RET Bee Diplomatic
- 2010 – WEG Lexington 15th Opposition Buzz (team gold)
- 2010 – Blair Castle CIC3* 1st Opposition Buzz
- 2010 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 1st Opposition Buzz
- 2010 – Blenheim CCI3* 22nd Bee Diplomatic
- 2010 – Aachen CICO3* 24th Bee Diplomatic
- 2010 – Badminton 8th Opposition Buzz
- 2009 – Fontainbleau Eu Ch CCI3* 9th Opposition Buzz
- 2009 – Burghley CCI4* 30th Master Banks
- 2009 – Blair Castle CCI*** 1st Opposition Buzz
- 2009 – Bramham CCI*** 2nd Master Banks
- 2009 – Lexington CCI**** 11th Opposition Buzz
- 2008 – Burghley CCI**** 5th Opposition Buzz
- 2008 – Badminton 7th Opposition Buzz
- 2008 – Gatcombe British Open 2nd Opposition Buzz
- 2007 – Burghley CCI**** 15th Opposition Buzz
- 2007 – Badminton 16th Opposition Buzz
- 2003 – Badminton 27th Skiver
- 2000 – Badminton 23rd Mr Bumble
- 1999 – Badminton 29th Mr Bumble
- 1998 – Burghley CCI**** !0th Mr Bumble