New Zealand legend Sir Mark Todd announces his retirement after a memorable win at Camphire Cappoquin, Ireland and is being heralded as international Eventing’s greatest champion.
The all-time New Zealand sporting great Mark Todd confirmed he is retiring from his equestrian career after more than 40 years at the top. The 63 year-old went out on a high as part of New Zealand’s Nations Cup winning team at the Camphire International Horse Trials in Ireland.
Country TV will air the event from Camphire Cappoquin, Ireland as part of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series 2019 on Tuesday, 20 August at 8.30pm. Available on SKY channel 81 and on Country TV Online – Live-TV and Video on Demand.
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Sir Mark Todd, FEI Rider of the 20th Century, stated that is was as an emotional moment as the announcement was made at the Irish prizegiving, which was also as big surprise for the attendant commentators and spectators. Todd helped New Zealand to a stunning victory in the Irish event in which Ireland came a close second, ahead of Italy in third.
Todd can look back on a long and extraordinary career in which he won two individual Olympic gold medals, four Badminton titles, five Burghley crowns and two World Championship team titles.
He said ending his career on the winning team with Tim and Jonelle Price was an added bonus. His last Olympic medal came 28 years after his first.
“Todd for two, and two for Todd!”
An unforgettable moment in an unforgettable career.
Today, on your retirement, we salute you Sir Mark Todd.
— NZ Olympic Team (@nzolympics) July 28, 2019
Farewell Sir Mark Todd – we’ll miss you!