The UK-based eight-time Olympian and New Zealand equestrian legend Sir Mark Todd (62), is based near Swindon in Wiltshire. Last year he was 4th & 6th at Badminton with NZB Campino and Leonidas. With Kiltubrid Rhapspdy he completed Pau (25th). He has previously won Badminton on four occasions and Burghley five times. In 2016 Sir Mark was a member of the fourth placed New Zealand team at the Rio Olympic Games, where he was 7th individually with Badminton entry Leonidas II. He is currently 11th in the FEI World rankings.
Sir Mark is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated sportsmen and was voted rider of the 20th century by the FEI; in 2013 he was made a Knights Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the sport of eventing.
‘Toddy’ first competed internationally as a member of the first ever NZ team that contested the World Championships at Lexington in 1978. Soon after he moved to England and won his first Badminton with Southern Comfort (1980). He is particularly remembered for his partnership with the diminutive Charisma with who he won two Olympic gold medals (’84 & 88). In the 1992 Olympic Games, Mark competed in show jumping as well as eventing. He has won Burghley five times.
In 2000 he retired from the sport after winning bronze at the Sydney Olympics. He then made a return to eventing in 2008 aged 52 and three-years later won his fourth Badminton title – the oldest rider ever to win – on his 20th completion.
During retirement in New Zealand he turned to training and breeding racehorses and successes included Bramble Rose who won the 2003 New Zealand Oaks and Willy Smith the winner of the Wellington Cup in 2007. After his return to eventing he was selected for the 2008 Olympic Games and in 2010 with Grass Valley was a member of the NZ bronze medal team at the WEG in Lexington and in London 2012 – his seventh Olympic Games – he was a member of the Bronze medal winning New Zealand team with NZB Campino.
Mark is the official technical advisor to the Brazilian Eventing team. He trains with Isobel Wessels and Luis Alvarez.
He is married to Carolyn and the couple has two children Lauren (27) and James (23). Outside of horses Mark enjoys horse racing, skiing (water and snow) cooking and yoga.
Leonidas II owned by Peter Cattell and Diane Brunsden, is an 13-year-old German-bred Holsteiner gelding. He was bred by Gabrielle Pochhammer, the former chief editor of the national German equestrian magazine St Georg. He is by Landos (also sire of the Olympic team silver showjumper Magic Bengtsson) out of mare by the Thoroughbred Parco. Leo was acquired by Mark from Germany in 2010. He is decribed as the softest horse in the stable and the easiest to manage and a horse with a huge heart. His owners who also owned Major Milestone.
Kiltubrid Rhapsody is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the Belgian-bred showjumper Cascaletto St Ghyvan Z who stood in Ireland out of Kiltubrid Heather by the former showjumper Lombardo (by Quidam de Revel).
He was acquired by part owner Niki Ryan as a young horse and was formerly ridden by Daisy Berkeley, David Doel and Tim Price. He is described as a ‘very laid back character’.
16.1hh , bay , gelding
Dam Nairobi II (Parco)
Breeder Gabriele Pochhammer
Peter Cattell & Diane Brunsden, Chipping Ongar, Essex
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Dam Pink Dame (Pinkus)
Breeder Hans-Juergen Abel
New Zealand Bloodstock, Swindon, Wilts.