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Todd's Badminton win for NZ TV in June

May 4, 2011

Country99TV has secured exclusive pay television broadcast rights to coverage of Mark Todd's win at the 2011 Badminton Horse Trials.

Mark Todd and Land Vision. © Al Crook

The Badminton Horse Trials is one of the toughest and most exciting equestrian events - the pinnacle of the world's Three-Day-Event calendar.

Todd is among the most celebrated New Zealand sportsmen, with two Olympic gold medals and numerous other honours to his name. He was named to compete in six successive Olympic Games, although he missed the first games, in Moscow in 1980, because of the American-led boycott.

In his first attempt at Badminton in 1980, riding Southern Comfort, Todd was 45th after the dressage, but was one of only three inside the time limit on the cross-country. Going into the final day he was third. When other riders came unstuck during the show jumping, Todd was Badminton champion.

It was his first major victory in what was to become a glittering 20-year career at the top. He remains the only person to win back-to-back individual Olympic titles since World War 2.

In a Country99TV exclusive, Mark Todd spoke to reporter Emma Jones about his historic comeback.

"I'm absolutely over the moon obviously, it's just incredible, it hasn't really sunk in yet. But yes delighted with the horse, delighted that I've been able to come back and win at top level again which is really what I decided to do when I decided to make a comeback."

Just a single rail separated the top 12 combinations going into the showjumping, which meant no room for error.

"It just shows the standard. There was a really strong field this year. This horse is a very good jumper. I was pretty confident going in there," Todd said.

The New Zealanders were strong contenders throughout with last year's Burghley winner Caroline Powell and Lenamore, finishing in sixth spot after also going clear and inside the time in the showjumping. She finished just 3.6 points behind Todd.

Andrew Nicholson placed 10th on Avebury, and 12th on Nereo, after taking a couple rails.



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