Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Mark Todd

New Zealand
  • 51 - Leonidas II


The UK based seven-time Olympian and New Zealand equestrian legend Sir Mark Todd (60), is based in Wiltshire outside Swindon. Last year he with Leonidas he completed Badminton in 4th place and the pair was 6th at Burghley. In 2014 they were members of the NZ team for the WEG (eliminated). With Badminton entry NZB Campino he was a member of the team for the London Olympic Games – winning team bronze – and last year the pair was 5th at Luhmuhlen. He is currently sixth in the FEI World rider ranking.

One of New Zealand’s most celebrated sports men and voted rider of the 20th century by the FEI, in 2013 he was made a Knights Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the sport of eventing.

‘Toddy’ first competed internationally as a member of the first ever NZ team that contested the World Championships at Lexington in 1978. Soon after he moved to England and won his first Badminton with Southern Comfort (1980). He is particularly remembered for his partnership with the diminutive Charisma with who he won two Olympic gold medals (’84 & 88). In the 1992 Olympic Games, Mark competed in show jumping as well as eventing. He has also won Burghley five times.

He ‘retired’ in 2000 after winning bronze at the Sydney Olympics. He then made a return to the sport in 2008 aged 52 and three-years later won his fourth Badminton title – the oldest rider ever to win – on his 20th completion.

During retirement in New Zealand he turned to training and breeding racehorses and successes include Bramble Rose who won the 2003 New Zealand Oaks and Willy Smith the winner of the Wellington Cup in 2007. After his return to eventing he was selected for the 2008 Olympic Games and in 2010 with Grass Valley was a member of the NZ bronze medal team at the WEG in Lexington and in London 2012 – his seventh Olympic Games – he was a member of the Bronze medal winning New Zealand team with NZB Campino.

Mark trains with British dressage Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and Luis Ceveza. He is the official technical advisor to the Brazilian Eventing team.

In 2015 Mark remarried his former wife Carolyn Berry and the couple has two children Lauren (27) and James (23) who in 2014 started BE eventing. Outside of horses Mark enjoys horse racing, skiing (water and snow) and yoga.

Leonidas II is an 12-year-old German-bred Holsteiner gelding. He was bred by Gabrielle Pochhammer, the former chief editor of the national German equestrian magazine St Georg. He is by Landos (also sire of the Olympic team silver showjumper Magic Bengtsson) out of mare by the Thoroughbred Parco.  Leo was acquired by Mark from Germany in 2010. He is decribed as the softest horse in the stable and the easiest to manage and a horse with a huge heart. His owners who also owned Major Milestone.



Leonidas II

Holsteiner, Germany, 2004
16.2hh, bay, gelding

Sire Landos

Dam Nairobi III (Parco)

Breeder Gabriele Pochhammer

Owner(s): Di Brunsden & Peter Cattell, Ongar, Essex.
& Rider

Notable Results

2016 – Burnham Market CIC3* 7th NZB Campino

2015 – Pau CCI4* 10th NZB Campino

2015 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st NZB Campino

2015 – Burghley Leonidas 6th

2015 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 3rd Leonidas II

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 5th NZB Campino

2015 – Tattersalls CIC3* 1st NZB Campino

2015 – Burnham Market CIC3* 6th Leonidas, 17th Oloa

2014 – Caen WEG El Leonidas

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 35th Oloa

2014 – Barbury Castle 9th Leonidas

2014 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 21st Oloa

2014 – Belton CIC3* 1st Leonidas II, 4th NZB Campino

2013 – Boekelo CICO3* 3rd Leonidas II

2013 – Blenheim CIC3* 3rd Leonidas II

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Oloa

2013 – Bramham CCI3* 2nd Leonidas

2012 – Pau CCI4* EL Major Milestone

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 12th Major Milestone

2012 – London OG 12th NZB Campino (team bronze)

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 14th Major Milestone

2010 – Boekelo CCI3* 2nd Landvision

2010 – WEG Lexington 11th Grass Valley

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 11th Major Milestone

2008 – Hong Kong OG 17th NZB Gandalph

2008 – Puhinui CCI3* 1st Gandalph

2000 – Sydney OG 3rd (Ind) Eye Spy II; 11th (team) Diamond Hall Red

2000 – Burghley CCI4* 8th Just A Mission

2000 – Lexington CCI4* 8th Just a Mission

1999 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Diamond Hall Red

1999 – Gatcombe 1st Word for Word

1999 – Punchestown CCI3* 1st Regal Scot

1998 – New Zealand sportsman of the year

1997 – Burghley CCI3* 1st Broadcast News

1991 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Welton Greylag

1990 – Stockholm WEG team gold Bahlua

1990 – Burghley 1st Face the Music

1988 – Seoul OG gold medal Charisma

1987 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Wilton Fair; 2nd Charisma

1984 – Los Angeles OG, gold medal Charisma



2015 – 4th Leonidas, 41st Oloa

2014 – 14th Leonidas, El NZB Campino

2013 – 48th Major Milestone

2011 – 1st NZB Land Vision, 35th Major Milestone

2010 – 18thNZBGrassValley

2000 – 5th Eyespy II

1999 – 2nd Word for Word

1998 – 2nd Broadcast News.

1997 – RET Kayem on the steeplechase.

1996 – 1st Bertie Blunt

1995 – 4th Just An Ace, W/D Bertie Blunt before SJ having ridden most of the course with one stirrup,

1994 – 1st Horton Point; a last minute ride and No. 1 in the draw, 5th Just An Ace

1992 – 5th Alfred The Great

1991 – 5th Just An Ace

1990 – 19th Bahlua

1989 – 3rd The Irishman – a catch from the injured Rodney Powell

1986 – 5th Any Chance, 18th Michaelmas Day

1985 – 2nd Charisma

1984 – 2nd Charisma

1983 – 9th Felix Too

1980 – 1st Southern Comfort his Badminton debut