Find out how Mark Todd and his family are enjoying new challenges back in New Zealand in Horse & Hound magazine’s new series

Retired top event rider, Mark Todd, has revealed how he isfinally achieving a lifetime’s ambition to breed racehorses.

Since returning to his native New Zealand for good after Sydney 2000, the dual Olympic three-day event champion has been breeding from the daughters of Sounds Like Fun – a filly who was kept in training down under, where she won 11 races.

Todd explains: “I was always very keen on racing and totally fascinated by breeding and pedigrees. I actually wanted to be a jockey, not an eventer, when I was a young lad. Believe it or not, I was the smallest in my class and didn’t start to grow until I was 16!”

Horse & Hound magazine recently caught up with Todd, wife Carolyn and children Lauren and James on their 150-acre farm in the Cambridge area on the North Island.

Read all about the Todd family’s new life in this week’s Horse & Hound (8 November), or click here to subscribe and make sure you don’t miss any of the maestro’s nine weeks series of training advice, starting in 15 November issue of Horse & Hound.