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TODD Mark
Sport Eventing, Jumping
NOC New Zealand   
GenderMale
Born01 Mar 1956 in Cambridge, NZL
Height1.88 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Swindon, ENG
Higher education Agricultural Studies - Waikato Technical Institute: Hamilton, NZL
General Interest
Hobbies Skiing, boating, horse racing, yoga. (badminton-horse.co.uk, 18 Apr 2017; marktoddeventing.com, 04 Apr 2016)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "I was working with showjumpers and had bought a horse called Top Hunter. He got as far as he could jumping, so I tried him in a few events and he did well. We ended up competing in the world championships."
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2018 he was inducted into the Equestrian Sports New Zealand [ESNZ] Hall of Fame. (eventingnation.com, 14 Mar 2019)

In 2013 he was named Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. (badminton-horse.co.uk, 18 Apr 2017)

In May 2013 he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace in England. He was also named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in 1984 and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [CBE] in 1995. (tvnz.co.nz, 17 May 2013; mirror.co.uk, 18 Jun 2000)

He was named Rider of the 20th Century by the International Equestrian Federation [FEI]. (tvnz.co.nz, 24 Jan 2008)

He won the Halberg Award as New Zealand's Sportsperson of the Year in 1998. (Facebook page, 16 Jul 2017)

In 1993 he was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. (olympic.org.nz, 27 May 2008)

He was flag bearer for New Zealand at the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. (olympic.org.nz, 27 May 2008)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age 10 in New Zealand. His grandfather had horses on his farm and borrowed a neighbour's pony for him to ride.
Further Personal Information
Languages English
General Interest
Nicknames Toddy (horseandhound.co.uk, 08 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard, play hard." (marktoddeventing.com, 04 Apr 2016)
Other information RETIREMENT
In August 2019 he revealed that he had retired from competitive eventing to focus on training racehorses. It was the second time he had announced his retirement, having quit the sport for seven or eight years between 2000 and 2008 - a period when he was also involved in the horseracing industry. "I can't keep going in the sport of eventing forever, so it had to happen sometime. I found I was not as excited as I used to be about going eventing so I thought it was probably time to pull the plug. My heart was not really in eventing anymore. Earlier this year [in 2019] I had the opportunity to get back in to training racehorses and that's probably fast-forwarded this decision." (bbc.co.uk, 01 Aug 2019; nzwomansweekly.co.nz, 21 May 2012; tvnz.co.nz, 24 Jan 2008)
Injuries At about age 15 he broke his ribs, punctured a lung and broke his jaw. (marktoddeventing.com, 04 Apr 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "I don't like using new equipment on the horses for the cross-country phase. I have to rub it in the dirt first." (marktoddeventing.com, 04 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning individual Olympic gold for the second time at the 1988 Games in Seoul, and claiming victory at the Badminton Horse Trials in England for the fourth time in 2011. (marktoddeventing.com, 21 Mar 2016)
Further Personal Information
Occupation Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Last Update
  15 Aug 2019
General Interest
Other sports He competed in equestrian jumping at the Olympic Games in 1988 and 1992. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jul 2017; badminton-horse.co.uk, 18 Apr 2017)
Milestones He won the 2011 Badminton Horse Trials in England at age 55 and became the oldest rider to have claimed victory at the event. (stuff.co.nz, 26 Apr 2011)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) NZB CAMPINO 12 3
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) GANDALF 17 5
2000 OG-C Sydney NSW (AUS) Eyespy/ Diamond Hall Red. 3 8
2000 OG-C Sydney NSW (AUS) Eyespy/ Diamond Hall Red. 8 8
1992 OG-C Barcelona (ESP) Welton Greylag RET 2
1988 OG-C Seoul (KOR) Charisma 1 3
1984 OG-C Los Angeles CA (USA) Charisma 1 6
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) GRASS VALLEY 11 3
1998 3rd WEG-C Rome (ITA) BROADCAST NEWS 2 1
1994 2nd WEG-C Den Haag (NED) JUST AN ACE 47 6
1990 1st WEG-C Stockholm (SWE) Bahlua 5 1
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2009 CIC-W Final Strzegom (POL) GANDALF EL  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) OLOA 7  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MAJOR MILESTONE 48  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) RAVENSTAR WD  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) RAVENSTAR WD  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MAJOR MILESTONE 12  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MAJOR MILESTONE WD  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MAJOR MILESTONE EL  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) LANDVISION 1  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MAJOR MILESTONE 14  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MAJOR MILESTONE 35  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) GRASS VALLEY WD  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MAJOR MILESTONE 11  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) GRASS VALLEY 18  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   LANDSLIDE EL  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   MK SAN CERO WD  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   OLOA 21  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   AMACUZZI WD  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO EL  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO 1 1
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   OLOA EL  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   AMACUZZI 1  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 14  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO EL  
02.05.2014 to 04.05.2014 CIC2* Rockingham (GBR)   MK SAN CERO 24  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA)   OLOA WD  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO 3  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   ST. DANIEL 8  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   AMACUZZI 36  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 1  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO 4  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   ST. DANIEL EL  
21.03.2014 to 23.03.2014 CIC2* Hastings (NZL)   DRAKKAR 3  
21.11.2013 to 24.11.2013 CIC2* Barretos SP (BRA)   LELIS MCJ 2  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CIC2* Pau (FRA)   HAOKONN EL  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   LEONIDAS II 3  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   UP N GO WD 13
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 3  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   UP N GO 35  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   OLOA 6  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   RAVENSTAR WD  
21.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Le Pin au Haras (FRA)   OLOA 18  
21.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Le Pin au Haras (FRA)   LEONIDAS II 22  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 34  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   UP N GO 75  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   RAVENSTAR 13  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC1* Brightling Park (GBR)   MK SAN CERO 15  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC2* Brightling Park (GBR)   FERNHILL T-SCARLETT 25  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   UP N GO 9  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   OLOA 11  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   RAVENSTAR 24  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   CHAP 33  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   ASPEN ASPIRE 50  
14.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   LISSY MAC WAYER 6  
14.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   NZB THE CHOSEN ONE 13  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 2  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CIC3* Bramham (GBR)   REGENT LAD RET  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 21  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   UP N GO 24  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   MAJOR MILESTONE 48  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   RAVENSTAR WD  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   REGENT LAD 29  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   LEONIDAS II 68  
21.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 CICO3* Fontainebleau (FRA)   REGENT LAD 36 6
21.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 CICO3* Fontainebleau (FRA)   NZB CAMPINO WD  
21.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 CCI1* Fontainebleau (FRA)   LISSY MAC WAYER EL  
21.03.2013 to 24.03.2013 CIC1* Fontainebleau (FRA)   NZB THE CHOSEN ONE WD  
11.10.2012 to 14.10.2012 CCIO3*-NC Boekelo (NED)   LEONIDAS II   2
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO   3
03.07.2012 to 08.07.2012 CICO3*-NC Aachen (GER)   GRASS VALLEY   4
24.05.2012 to 27.05.2012 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   NZB CAMPINO   4
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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