Sir Mark Todd honoured in Auckland
From New Zealand news of a very special evening at the Equitana event in Auckland to honour the long and illustrious career of Sir Mark Todd who retired in July.
A stalwart of New Zealand’s eventing team at international competitions - most notably at the Olympics - Todd who is based at Badgerstown north-east of Baydon, is turning his skills in horsemanship to training racehorses.
Sir Mark Todd told the crowd in Auckland that he was humbled and appreciative of the many who had travelled from far and wide to celebrate his tremendous eventing career at EQUITANA Auckland’s A Night to Remember.
“It was just wonderful to see everyone,” said Sir Mark who was joined on stage by former team mates, horse owners and others who had played an important part in a career that had spanned four decades. “It is very humbling to have everyone say such nice things.”
Those who couldn’t make it sent videos, including top British riders Mary King and William Fox-Pitt as well as Marlborough’s top New Zealand eventers Tim and Jonelle Price and others.
Joining him on the stage were former team mates Blyth Tait, Tinks Pottinger, Jock Paget, Clarke Johnstone and others.
Helen Gilbert, who groomed back to back Olympic gold medal winning Charisma for six years, travelled all the way from the UK for the special evening – much to Sir Mark’s delight. “It was very special,” said Helen. “Charisma was my baby – he was just the most incredible little horse.”
[Photo by Libby Law Photography]