Sir Mark Todd
Double Olympic Gold Medalist – Eventing
One of Eventing’s most famous faces, Sir Mark Todd has to be considered one of the most successful riders of all time – indeed he was was voted Rider of the 20th Century by the FEI – and in 1988, was announced the New Zealand Sportsperson of the year, as well as being inducted into The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame – and was knighted in 2013 – he was previously awarded the MBE and CBE. The fact that Mark is still a regular on the eventing circuit nearly 32 years after winning his first Olympic Gold must make his career one of the longest, too!
The list of Sir Marks achievements is long: two Olympic Gold medals, two World Championship Gold medals and one European Championship Gold.
After the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Mark retired from eventing, however in 2008 he made a return to the sport with the aim of the 2008 Olympics. Since then he has competed successfully all over the country, was part of the NZ WEG team who took bronze in 2010, and won the 2011 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with NZB Land Vision. Mark was part of NZ’s Bronze Medal winning team in the London Olympics 2012 with Campino.
He has written several books, 2 autobiographies, a book about Charisma – his most successful horse, and numerous books on the sport of eventing. Mark also has his own range of horse and rider clothing, the Mark Todd Collection, as well as being a Company Director and Shareholder of Keyflow.
Mark is lining up a record 7th Olympic appearance in 2016, with several horses qualified to compete.