Eventing legend Mark Todd has been knighted for services to equestrianism.
He was made a Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) in New Zealand’s New Year’s Honours.
“I am honoured and humbled to get this award,” Todd said. “I really am over the moon.”
Todd received the honour on the back of a five-year comeback which saw him win a bronze team eventing medal at this year’s London Olympics, 28 years after first standing on the podium as an Olympian, when he won gold at the Los Angeles Games.
Todd collected an individual gold and team bronze in the three-day event at Seoul in 1988, and collected a bronze in Sydney in 2000.
He then retired, but launched a comeback in 2008 which culminated in his London bronze, which, at 56, made him the country’s oldest Olympic medal winner.
Todd, currently holidaying in France, is now eyeing the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
His equestrian triumphs extend well beyond the Olympics. He has won the three-day event at Badminton four times and is a five-time winner at Burghley.
Todd was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995.
In 1999 he was voted eventing rider of the century by the International Equestrian Federation. That same year he was voted Horse and Hound Equestrian Personality of the Century.