As equestrians, it can be hard to explain to non-equestrians the significance of a relationship with a horse. As we know, it’s not like having a dog or cat, and it’s usually an even deeper bond than with our closest friends. Horses are partners that we grow with, that we set goals with, and spend hours of every day of every week of every month through the years learning, and training and evolving.
And every four years, we get to watch some of the top riders in the industry vie for gold at the Olympics.
Mark Todd is a multi-gold-medalist horseman from New Zealand. Noted for his decorated eventing career, he was voted Rider of the 20th century by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports. The moniker is well-deserved. Rio 2016 is Todd’s seventh time competing in the Olympics, previously winning golds in Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988). His “resume” is worth looking up.
But for now, warm your heart a few degrees with this touching video of his views on just how special a relationship with a horse can be.