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Mark Todd has bought a 3* horse, aiming Beijing !!!

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  • Mark Todd has bought a 3* horse, aiming Beijing !!!

    Yup, huge news here in NZ today..Mark todd has bought Gandalf, a gorgeous big young grey advanced horse. He's aiming for Beijing. Maybe he got tired of seeing the decline of eventing NZ lol.

    Apparantly his kids were part motivation as they wanted to see their dad ride for his country etc.


  • #2
    Really? That's great! It will be great to see him ride again. I've always considered him the best cross country rider in the world. Will he stay in NZ or go back to England to train?


    • Original Poster

      I believe his plan is to run at PUhinui 3* here in March, then go to Badminton in May, and wait to see if the selectors will send him to beijing.

      The horse he has bought is a crossbred too - given that he's a TB man through and through, I thought that was pretty cool.

      The horse is by a paint sire too.


      • #4
        This is going to be fun to watch.



        Todd has to get requalified to ride at this level and if he has his eyes on Badmington as stated above, that is a lot to do in a small window (four months). I wonder if he'll bother to use that pesky ol' stirrup this time around?

        I love that he has a horse named Gandolf. Very fitting for The Return of the King. Hopefully the gray will bring some magic to the table.
        Hindsight bad, foresight good.


        • #5
          This is really, really cool.
          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


          • #6
            Wher is Gandolf from??

            I knew a big young gray "Gandolf ". afectionately called "goofy Gandolf"What is this horses' breeding?
            breeder of Mercury!

            remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


            • Original Poster

              Carol, Gandalf was bought as a weanling by Angela Lloyd down here for (i think) $500. She broke him in and rode him through to winning the Richfields 3* in November (he's just turned 10). He's always in teh top few too, very consistant boy!

              He is by Pintado Desparado who is a steel grey and white pinto stallion.

              He's always been in NZ, though did compete at Adelaide CCI** once.

              And re Marks qualifications, I think he will probably get a 2nd ride lined up to enable him to get his necessary qualifying runs in.
              So exciting, can't wait to see him go! Gandalf is adorable!

              And..I never clicked to that..>Gandolf..return of the king etc...thats VERY cool!


              • #8
                Where will Mark ride Gandolf to qualify?!!!

                WoW, now I have a reason to get excited about the Olympics!
                ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                • #9
                  MARK MAY BE BACK??!! That is just great news!! I have missed watching him ride. Where will he train.........wasn't he into racing......so glad he may be coming back to the dark side!


                  • #10
                    OMG! This is sooo exciting. When will it hit the media so we can find out what he's thinking? Did he get bored, maybe?
                    Sportponies Unlimited
                    Athletic Thoroughbred crosses for the highly motivated, smaller rider.


                    • #11
                      Wow, that's pretty dang cool! I guess I will be following the upcoming Olympics after all!


                      • #12
                        Mark Todd is a "Crossbred" man.....

                        Mark Todd may love to race Thoroughbreds but his past history in eventing proves he likes some horses with a bit of the "Cross" in them. Charisma, though tiny, had a touch of Perch in him from his sire's side. His most notable cross and and his other wonderful Olympic and WEG horse Broadcast News was half Appaloosa.

                        The infinitely talented Broadcast News, a Te Awamutu bred solid coloured Appaloosa, took the F.E.I.'s Eventing Horse of the World title in 1998, ..

                        Time'l Tell, purebred Appaloosa is also the sire of Broadcast News , ridden by Mark Todd to great international success. Time'l Tell was imported from the USA.


                        • #13

                          How exciting is that??!!


                          • #14

                            Originally posted by RunForIt View Post
                            Where will Mark ride Gandolf to qualify?!!!

                            WoW, now I have a reason to get excited about the Olympics!
                            Now I have a reason too! I wonder what Mark with think of the new format???


                            • #15
                              WAY COOL!!!!!! That is awesome, awesome news!!!!I had been thinking about him recently, thinking about how the void that he left when he left eventing has not come close to being filled.Very EXCITING!!!!


                              • #16
                                Quotes from Mark about Gandalf....Too cute!

                                "He was available to be bought, so I flew up to Auckland, tried him out, had him vetted and it all happened very quickly. There wasn't a lot of planning involved, it all just happened," Todd said. "I'm looking at this as a challenge, as a bit of fun and I'm putting absolutely no pressure on myself. If it happens, it happens and that's how I'm approaching it."

                                "I've got to get my eye back in, I've got to get back into the swing of it. I've been riding every day since (retirement) but that's been racehorses. I'm fit but I'm going to have to get particularly fit for eventing," he said.

                                "I feel that I'm going to be able to just slot back in but until you actually get out there and do it, you don't really know. In my mind, I can still do it all. Whether the body will operate, I don't know. Also, because I've been out of it so long, all my qualifications have run out so I have to re-qualify to ride at that level."

                                "I'm not blindly going at this in a mad-cap attempt just to get to the Olympics. If it happens that's a bonus. Obviously, it's very last minute - whether I can get qualified, whether my performances are good enough to get selected, whether I feel I'm going well enough to justify even going to the Olympics, that's all to be decided yet."

                                AND THE BEST..."Gandalf has got a good record," Todd said. "He's a very good jumper and he looks after himself so that sounds good to me. I might need a little looking after."


                                • #17
                                  He may be a TB man, but Charisma was a crossbred, too.

                                  How cool it would be to see him riding again! I wonder what his perspective will be of the "new" courses and format?
                                  Click here before you buy.


                                  • #18
                                    AND THE BEST..."Gandalf has got a good record," Todd said. "He's a very good jumper and he looks after himself so that sounds good to me. I might need a little looking after."

                                    Love that quote. Obviously he's very fond of the horse already.
                                    "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
                                    you have a right to be here." ~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


                                    • #19
                                      Wow, this is so exciting! I only vaguely remember watching him on the TV at the Sydney Olympics, and I was sad about his retirement even though I didn't know too much about him.
                                      T3DE Pact


                                      • #20
                                        Wouldnt that be awesome if he came to the WEG's in KY and we all got to see him ride?? I would sure go for that alone . I am planning on going anyways but that would be like the cherry on top!!!
                                        RIP Kid Gloves (Holly) 1992 TBxHanv CCI*** mare.
                                        New mare: Miss Bunny Express (Missy) 1995 AQHA Jumper mare.