With Mark Todd announcing his retirement from the sport of eventing (28 July) after what has been a glittering career, complete with gold medals, Olympic appearances and five-star triumph, we take a look back through the archives to highlight some of his memorable achievements.
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
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 for the first time.
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 riding Leonidas II at Blenheim en-route to third place in the eight and nine-year-old CCI4*-S class
Mark pilots Oloa around the horse’s first Badminton
Mark and Leonidas II tackle the cross-country in Rio, finishing in fourth place individually.
NZB Campino en-route to fourth place at Badminton in 2017
The grey Kiltubrid Rhapsody at Burghley
Mark at his final championship, riding McClaren at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon
On his penultimate ride on Leonidas II, Mark finished third in one of the CCI4*-S sections at Barbury Castle earlier this month