Patrick Nisbett, Bermuda’s Equestrian Jumper

Patrick Nisbett has had a great year and now has his sights on Pan Am Glory for 2011.The 40-year-old former PHC Zebras footballer captured a maiden European Grand Prix and then achieved another milestone after becoming the first Bermudian jumper to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Nisbett, who moved to Germany this year, considers that being based in Europe to prepare for world championships has proven to be a good decision. He says, “I won my first Grand Prix in Europe this year. I’ve been well placed a few times but to win a world cup qualifier in Slovenia was a highlight for me. Of course going to the world championships has always been a goal of mine also, and to be the first Bermudian to represent Bermuda at the world championships in show jumping was definitely a highlight.”

Having established himself in the European show jumping theatre, Nisbett now intends to step up his bid for 2012 Olympic Games qualification. He will get his chance to do so at next year’s Pan Am Games in Mexico. Nisbett comments, “World championships were the first step to prepare for London and step two will be at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. Hopefully, we will get the placings and results we need to qualify for London.

Nisbett explains that he gets an “adrenalin rush” from competing against the world’s elite riders, saying that “It makes you really raise your game.” He adds, “When you first move to Europe it’s a totally different sport. The level of jumping and horses there is unbelievable and so really for me to get there and compete amongst them and be competitive is really thrilling. It drives me a lot to be able to improve. For me to be amongst the elite riders and be competitive with them is something that I have worked on for many years.”

Nisbett started riding at the age of 4 in Bermuda. Before his show jumping career took flight, he demonstrated his tenacity on the football pitch as a defender at Zebras. After embarking on his career in equestrian arts, he has lived in Bermuda, Canada, Belgium, the United States, England, and Germany, where he is now based.

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