The Rio Olympics of 2016 are getting closer by the day, and New Zealand’s Olympic Committee has released a video of double eventing gold medalist Mark Todd talking about what it takes to succeed in the sport.
In the short video, Todd talks about the mental and physical strength required of both horse and rider. “Going into a competition, if you have any fears or doubts, that can immediately transmit to the horse, and then your whole performance can go out,” says Todd, who won back-to-back Olympic gold in 1984 and 1988, and also has three bronze medals to his name.
Having loved horses since he was a young boy, eventing has always been a passion for Todd. Knowing his success has inspired others is “very humbling”, he says.
“We certainly don’t do this trying to inspire others; we do it because we love it and want to do it. But if that inspires other people – whether they are younger people wanting to get into the sport, or older people wanting to take up any sport – then that’s brilliant.”