Mark Toddy Todd - The Equestrian Comeback kid
 By Valkyrie   •   22nd Jun 2011   •   5,743 views   •   19 comments
He may just be history's biggest comeback kid – ever. Mark (“Toddy”) Todd recently became the oldest person to ever win the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials at the ripe old age of 55, beating previous record-holder Andrew Hoy by eight years.

Winner of two consecutive individual gold medals in Olympic eventing (aboard the same horse – Charisma) Toddy retired in 2000 after becoming disillusioned with the sport of eventing. Then in 2008 he acquired a promising young gelding named Gandalf and qualified for the Beijing Olympics in eight short months, where the pair finished 17th overall and 5th in the team standings. Sadly Gandalf was put down after suffering unexplainable seizures, but Toddy had plenty of other horses with which to make his name.

His 2011 Badminton mount was the 10 year old grey gelding New Zealand Bloodstock Land Vision who has only had a handful of three-star starts. NZB Land Vision (Ben) is by Broadstone Landmark and out of Stonecraft Holly, and was purchased from Oliver Townsend by Toddy on behalf of his sponsor New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd.

Lying 4th after dressage, Toddy and Ben produced a sensational cross country round to sneak to the lead. Then they managed to leave every fence untouched on the last day of competition to win comfortably from Georgina (“Piggy”) French aboard Jakata, with Mary King on Imperial Cavalier in third position.

Toddy now has four Badmintion victories to his credit. His first came with his first attempt at it in 1980 with Southern Comfort, the second in 1994 on Horton Point, and the third in 1996 aboard Bertie Blunt. He lies just two victories away from Lucinda Green's all-time record of six victories aboard six different horses.

Despite a less than satisfactory performance at the Kentucky Rolex Three-Day-Event aboard NZB Grass Valley (Toddy withdrew him before show jumping despite passing the vet check as he felt the horse wasn't 100%) he still lies in a very good position for next year's London Olympics.

It just goes to show, age knows no bounds!
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Stay Untamed  
Good article! He sounds like a really cool guy ( and of course a good rider!)! )
  Jun 22, 2011  •  4,539 views
Prarie Rose  
Awesome! :)
  Jun 22, 2011  •  4,510 views
I remember seeing this. I thought it was awesome. ^^ I hope I can get there someday. And yes, that is true. Age knows no limit when you're riding these wonderful animals.
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,505 views
Balla Eclectic  MOD 
They breed 'em tough down in the southern hemisphere. Much like our Australian, five-times olympian Bill Roycroft who recently passed away at the age of 96.
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,664 views
Cool!! :))
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,498 views
He sounds really cool!
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,498 views
Run Free  
i watched that on h&c [horse&country] it was really amazing
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,511 views
Estella Noire  
True! I admire Nick Skelton, same reason :)
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,503 views
It is inspiring. I think it is good that age does not hold him back and that people can still do well even through trials. I like it a lot. Nice article to bring to life!
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,522 views
My Paper Heart  
Awsome! :D
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,498 views
Awesome article!
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,535 views
Awesome article! Age is just a number. D
  Jun 23, 2011  •  4,532 views
Aslans Roar  
wow. wow. wow. wow. wow. :0
  Jun 24, 2011  •  4,503 views
Wow! What an achievement! =)
  Jun 24, 2011  •  4,702 views
Seven Sins  
this is really a great article
  Jun 25, 2011  •  4,516 views
I love Mark Todd, he's an absolute legend.
  Jun 27, 2011  •  4,504 views
BME Sports  
Very inspiring article! Great job! :)
  Jun 30, 2011  •  4,779 views
All That Jazz  
wow, cool! :)
  Jul 3, 2011  •  4,510 views
Mutley Jackson  
Go Toddy! You, Ben Maher and Mary King are my FAVOURITE riders EVEEERREER
  Apr 29, 2012  •  4,507 views
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