Olympic call up for Wilson

Northallerton's Nicola Wilson, seen here riding Bee Diplomatic, is a late call up for the Olympic Equestrian Eventing team.
Northallerton's Nicola Wilson, seen here riding Bee Diplomatic, is a late call up for the Olympic Equestrian Eventing team.

Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson has received a dramatic call up into the Olympic Equestrian team after an injury to DHI Topper W, ridden by Piggy French, this week.

Wilson, who will ride Opposition Buzz, will join Zara Phillips, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Kristina Cook in the new-look team.

“It’s horrific and fabulous at the same time; I just don’t know what to say,” said Wilson.

“I’m devastated for Piggy and wouldn’t wish this on anybody, she’s become a very close friend and I feel for her so much.

“What an emotional rollercoaster, obviously I’m so excited for Rosemary, myself and my support team but so saddened at the same time for it to be at the expense of such a good friend. To be thinking about London now is amazing though - having very much told myself it wouldn’t happen. We’ll definitely be ready.”

For more see this Thursday’s Ripon Gazette.