Mark Todd, advanced eventer for New Zealand, was named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of the Merit at the New Year Honours for his services to equestrian sport.
“It’s very humbling, really,” said Todd in an interview with the New Zealand Herald. “It’s going to take a bit of getting used to. I don’t think it’s going to make any difference, but it’s wonderful.”
Todd, 56, helped New Zealand win team bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. He earned individual gold at the 1984 Olympic Games (Los Angeles) and then took an individual gold at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, where he also helped New Zealand to team bronze. With four Badminton (England) CCI**** wins and five Burghley (England) CCI**** wins, he now plans to pursue a place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.