Sir Mark Todd an­nounced as new Land Rover am­bas­sador

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Join­ing Land Rover’s sta­ble of il­lus­tri­ous eques­trian am­bas­sadors — who in­clude Zara Tin­dall MBE, Nick Skel­ton CBE, Ben Ma­her MBE, Sir Lee Pear­son, Harry Meade, and Eng­land polo player Max Charl­ton — is Kiwi eques­trian Sir Mark Todd. Con­sid­ered one of the most suc­cess­ful riders of all time, Todd is a five-times Land Rover Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als win­ner.

Burst­ing onto the in­ter­na­tional scene in the 1980s by win­ning back-to-back Olympic gold medals aboard Charisma in 1984 and 1988, Todd has since com­peted at five more Olympic games and won a fur­ther in­di­vid­ual bronze, a team sil­ver, and two team bronze medals.

Todd, now liv­ing near Swin­don, UK, said: “I have used Land Rover ve­hi­cles all my life, as they have in­cred­i­ble dura­bil­ity and ver­sa­til­ity, which are so im­por­tant for my work and lifestyle. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the Land Rover team, and work­ing closely with them.”

Af­ter an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer span­ning four decades, Todd shows no signs of slow­ing down. He will con­tinue to take part in top-level com­pe­ti­tion this year, in­clud­ing the Land Rover Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als — mark­ing 38 years since he first com­peted there.

Scott Dicken, mar­ket­ing direc­tor for Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “Sir Mark Todd is a true sport­ing icon, whose achieve­ments in the sad­dle are out­stand­ing. He is a great fit for the Land Rover values of go­ing Above and Be­yond. We are ex­cited to work with him, and look for­ward to him meet­ing our cus­tomers through­out the season.”

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