Mark Todd (equestrian)

Sir Mark James Todd, KNZM, CBE, ( born March 1, 1956 in Cambridge, Waikato ) is a New Zealand event rider and horse breeder. With two Olympic victories, two world titles, four more Olympic medals and eight victories in competitions of the highest category CCI **** he is one of the most successful riders in this discipline. From the World Equestrian Association FEI, he was elected " tab of the 20th century."


1978 Todd made ​​the Waikato Technical Institute with a degree in agronomy. In the same year he was one of the first in Lexington to New Zealand eventing team that ever took part in the World Championships. As a still relatively unknown rider he won in 1980 as a complete surprise the Badminton Horse Trials. At the Olympic Games in Moscow Todd could not attend because they were boycotted by New Zealand.

At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles Todd Olympic champion in the individual competition. He repeated this success four years later in Seoul; he also won the bronze medal in the team championship and also took part in show jumping, where he reached the 26th place. Also successful was he at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm in 1990 by winning the team gold medal.

Barcelona 1992 Todd was able to win another medal with the team, the silver. Because his horse had been injured, he could not participate in 1996 in Atlanta. On the other hand, he was at the World Equestrian Games in Rome in 1998 for the second time world champion with the team and won the silver medal in the individual competition.

Todd won a total of eight events of the highest category, five times the Burghley Horse Trials (1987, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1999 ) and other post-1980 twice the Badminton Horse Trials (1994, 1996). He completed his successful career Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 by winning the team bronze medal from. He subsequently went back on top sports and devoted himself mainly to his stud farm near his hometown of Cambridge, where he mainly breeds racehorses. In 2004, he was the coach of the New Zealand Olympic equestrian team.

After a break of more than seven years, Todd was in January 2008 announced its intention to operate again active competitive sport. He managed to qualify for the taking place in Hong Kong equestrian events of the 2008 Olympics, where he finished in 18th place in the individual and the 5th place in the team standings.

In February 2009, he announced that he will continue to stay in England and play the game with the goal of World Equestrian Games 2010 in Kentucky. In these he won with Grass Valley as part of the New Zealand team team bronze.

At the Olympic Games in London in 2012, he won the bronze medal in the team eventing competition.


  • Olympic games 1984: Gold Single ( Charisma )
  • 1988: Gold Single, Bronze team ( Charisma )
  • 1992: Silver team (on Welton Greylag )
  • 2000: Bronze Single (on Eyespy II)
  • 2008: 5th place team ( Gandalf )
  • 2012: Bronze team
  • World Equestrian Games 1990: Gold Team (on Bahlua )
  • 1998: Gold Team, Silver Item (on broadcast news)
  • 2010: Bronze Team, 11th place in the individual (on Grass Valley )
  • European Championships (open) 1997: Gold Single (on broadcast news)
  • Other major tournaments Winner Badminton Horse Trials: 1980 Southern Comfort III, 1994 to Horton Point, 1996 Bertie Blunt
  • Winner Burghley Horse Trials: 1987 Wilton Fair, 1990 Face the Music, 1991 Welton Greylag, 1997 Broadcast News, 1999 Diamond Hall Red


In 1984 he was awarded the title of Member of the British Empire, eleven years later, the award for the Commander of the British Empire. With the New Year Honours List 2013, the title of Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit was awarded.