Friday Video from SmartPak: The Rise and Rise of Nicola Wilson, Your European Champion

We know most of you will have been ardent admirers of Great Britain’s Nicola Wilson since the days she was partnered with the exceptional Opposition Buzz, a horse who never saw a long one he didn’t like but who always pulled off the most unusual of strides with guts and gumption. But just in case you’ve been out of the loop, you might just be getting to know her now that she’s become the European Champion, a feat she pulled off with arguably one of the world’s best 10-year-olds, JL Dublin.

The Holsteiner gelding, who Nicola has produced through the levels since picking him up at the Holsteiner sales as a four-year-old, has now won the achingly tough Bicton CCI4*-L — Bramham’s replacement back in June — and the CCI4*-S at Hartpury, which is ordinarily designed to feed horses through to Burghley. But as it turns out, it works just as well as a prep run for a twisty, jump-off style cross-country track like the one in Avenches, where the Europeans was held. Whether you’re already madly in love with JL Dublin and his exceptional rider, or you’re new to the whole story and want a crash course in how the week went down, this super video from FEItv will give you the rundown of an unforgettable week in Switzerland.

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