Todd confirmed for Horse of Year show

22:53, Jan 14 2013
Mark Todd
Newly-knighted Sir Mark Todd will compete in the New Zealand Horse of the Year in Hastings this March.

New Zealand's most famous equestrian, Sir Mark Todd, will compete in the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show in Hastings in March.

Organisers have today confirmed that the newly-knighted Sir Mark will compete at the six-day show and will be the guest speaker at the show's Hall of Fame Gala Dinner.

He will talk about what went on behind the scenes at the London Olympics and his plans for the future as he looks toward the World Equestrian Championships in France in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Sir Mark last rode at the show in 2008 when short-listed for the New Zealand team for the Beijing Olympics. He and NZB Gandalf won the eventing challenge, and aboard Tregonning he won the Battle of the Sports.

This time he will compete in the New Zealand Speed Championships, a showjumping title class on Sunday afternoon, just before the Olympic Cup.

"I haven't even ridden in a speed class for years," said Sir Mark.

The double Olympic gold medallist was a member of the Kiwi team to win bronze at the London Olympics and also rode for New Zealand in showjumping at two Olympic Games.

"I'm really looking forward to riding at the show," he said. "I competed in showjumping at the Horse of the Year for more years than I can remember."

The show runs from March 12 to 17 and is held in Hastings.


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