Meet Nicki Wilcox

Professional horse trainer since 2002, Nicki Wilcox specializes in jumpers, hunters, young horses, and their riders. Her ability to train young horses—from their first saddle to their first time in a show ring—is evident in the young horses she had taken to Futurity Championships.

Nicki began training horses and coaching their riders while in college under Dion Dana, co-founder of the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association and the first winner of CHJA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. While in Canada, she was mentored by Frank Selinger of St Georges Stable who won a bronze medal for Canada at the 1975 Pan Am Games. She spent 5 years training in Canada, from 2006-2011,where she rode several young horses to Western Canadian Jumper Futurity Champions.  She also rode to several championships at Spruce Meadows, the world-class show jumping complex in Alberta.  Another incredible learning experience was interviewing international caliber riders who were competing at Spruce, and writing a column for Phelps Sports about these athletes and their mounts.  She also interviewed international course designers, giving her an education in setting courses to best develop horses and riders.

Nicki’s many hunter, jumper and equitation championships and equitation medals (many on young horses) highlight to her dedication to the equestrian sport. When paired with her passion for starting young horses correctly, her past accomplishments serve to ensure confidence—your horse training needs are in skilled hands with Nicki Wilcox Show Jumping.

Past accomplishments:

  • J.E.S. Quito and Nicki 5th in the Apollo Jet Grand Prix at the Gulf Coast Classic Horse Show, March 2016.  Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPRhtwyAWyw.

  • J.E.S. Quito and Nicki 3rd at the Valley of the Sun Grand Prix, November 2015; 9th in the Kubota Grand Prix, June 2015; 7th at the Maffitt Lake Grand Prix, May 2015.

  • Coocachoo and Nicki won 5 Year Old Young Jumper classes at Summer in the Rockies (June 2015), Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center (May 2015) and Strides and Tides (November 2015).  We recently purchased Coocachoo from Kristin Buchanan and are so grateful to have this talented young horse.

  • J.E.S. Quito and Nicki are double clean in the Welcome Stake at the Scottsdale Arizona Fall Festival, November, 2013!  Watch their round here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-kEAvDyKH4.  

  • Nicki and J.E.S. Quito on win the Open Jumper 1.2 Meter Speed class at the Scottsdale Spring Festival, March 17, 2013!

  • J.E.S. Quito finished 9th out of the top 40 qualifying, exceptional young horses at the 5-Year-Old Midwestern  Futurity Championships at the Kentucky Nationals! Nicki and Quito in action at Kentucky National Championship 2012.

  • Nicki’s young gelding, J.E.S. Quito, was both champion and reserve champion The Five Year Old Young Jumper Futurity Championships at the Summer in the Rockies shows at the Colorado Horse Park. Watch Nicki and Quito in action at Kentucky National Championship 2012.

  • We are especially proud of this young horse’s accomplishments, since J.E.S. Quito has been exclusively ridden and trained by Nicki since he was two.

  • Riding and training ChaChing – Western Canadian 5-Year-Old Year End Jumper Futurity Champion 2010.

  • Riding and training Chili Pepper - Western Canadian 4-Year-Old Year End Reserve Champion Jumper 2010 Futurity.

  • Placements in the Welcome Stake for horse Concorde in Arizona and Iowa in 2011 and 2012 and 1.4 classes in Canada with Rugerro.

  • Multiple championships and reserve championships on Reserve championships in the hunter ring with both her own horses and client’s mounts, the latest being a reserve championship for Frieden, Anne Moore’s hunter at Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park.

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