Mark Todd has launched a new website at www.marktoddeventing.com.
Mark, who made a comeback to eventing in 2008 after eight years in retirement, has upped his competitiveness in the sport over the past year, winning team bronze at last year’s World Equestrian Games.
He has started this season with good results on the national circuit, including two open intermediate wins last weekend at Lincolnshire (full report in tomorrow’s Horse & Hound).
Mark has also this week revealed more about his plans for the spring four-stars, with the publication of his first diary instalment on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event website.
He will ride Major Milestone at the event, leaving NZB Land Vision and his WEG ride, NZB Grass Valley, as his first choices for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
Although Badminton (21-25 April) and Kentucky (28 April-1 May) run in the opposite order to normal this time, the fact they are still consecutive weeks mean riders with horses at both events have to carefully plan the logistics.
Mark writes that Major Milestone will fly from Stansted on 19 April and his stable jockey, Frenchman Sidney Dufresne, will keep him going in America while Mark rides at Badminton, where his head girl Charlie Gardiner will be in charge of the horses.
Mark mentions in his website diary this week that he is particularly excited about riding NZB Land Vision — last year’s eight- and nine-year-old CIC*** winner at Blenheim — at Badminton after his Lincolnshire run.
“This horse continued to thrill me with the way he goes and I am really looking forward to taking him to Badminton,” he writes.
Mark made his Badminton comeback last year after 10 years away, finishing 18th on NZB Grass Valley.