A timeline of Mark Todd‘s glittering career is heavy on the golds, Olympic appearances and four-star triumphs — and he’s still going full throttle aged 61.
The Kiwi is the cover star of tomorrow’s eventing special issue of Horse & Hound magazine (9 March 2017), featuring our exclusive interview with him, and we’ve dug deep into the archives to reminisce about his moments in the spotlight.
Mark Todd’s career in pictures
At his first Badminton, Mark and Southern Comfort were 45th after the dressage. But as one of only three inside the time on cross-country day, he was third going into the showjumping — and when When Lucinda Prior-Palmer and Helen Butler came unstuck in the final phase, Mark clinched the title.
Mark strikes a pose with his Badminton trophy — the first of a total of four to date.
Mark in action on cross-country day with Charisma IV — the horse that he won two Olympic gold medals on in 1984 and 1988.
Mark and Charisma — the horse who he describes as ‘the one’.
Mark takes the third of his five Burghley titles in 1991, this time with Welton Greylag.
Mark and Double Take contend the individual showjumping at the Barcelona Olympics, having proudly carried the New Zealand flag at the opening ceremony of the Games.
Mark lifts the Badminton trophy for a second time in 1994, with Horton Point.
Mark goes cross-country at Badminton with only one stirrup in 1995 on Bertie Blunt
Mark takes the fourth of his Burghley wins with Broadcast News.
Mark and Diamond Hall Red in the team competition at the Sydney Olympics. He won an individual bronze at these Games with Eye Spy II. After Sydney, Mark retired from international competition.
Mark comes out of retirement with sponsorship from New Zealand Bloodstock, and returns to the international stage at the Beijing Olympics with Gandalf. The New Zealand team finished in fifth position.
Mark is part of the bronze medal-winning team at the World Equestrian Games, with Grass Valley.
Mark proves he's back at the top of his sport, taking the Badminton title with NZB Land Vision.
Mark and NZB Campino take part in the test event for the 2012 Games, with the striking London skyline as a backdrop.
Mark and NZB Campino are part of the bronze medal-winning team in London, where he finished 12th as an individual
Mark and his son James at home in Wiltshire.
A rare moment when the eventing stalwart puts his feet up.
Mark and Leonidas II tackle the cross-country in Rio, finishing in fourth place individually.