Rio 2016: New Zealand Equestrian Athletes

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Mark Todd will be competing in his seventh Olympics in Rio. Photo Credit: Olympic.org.nz

Newsbeat journalist Braeden Leggett gives a rundown of the equestrian athletes and what key names to look out for in the Rio Olympics 2016.

Listen to some of Braeden’s audio commentary below:

Dressage Equestrian:

Julia Brougham: Horse – Vom Feinsten (Individual)

Eventing Equestrian:

Clarke Johnstone: Horse – Balmoral Sensation (Individual/Team)
Johnathan Paget: Horse – Clifton Lush (Individual/Team)
Jonelle Price: Horse – Faerie Dianimo (Individual/Team)
Mark Todd: Horse – Leonidas (Individual/Team)

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Jonelle Price preparing for the Olympic Games in 2016. Photo: Olympic.org.nz

Comment:

New Zealand has a successful history in equestrian events, with this year’s Olympics looking good for the New Zealand Equestrian Olympic team.

Jonathan Paget and Jonelle Price both won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Team eventing. They will be competing in both the individual and team events in 2016.

Veteran rider Mark Todd will be entering his seventh Olympics and is regarded as the ‘face of New Zealand equestrian’. He will become New Zealand’s oldest athlete to compete at the Games (60 years of age) and will potentially be the flag bearer for the country at the opening ceremony.

Mr Todd has won a total of two Olympic gold medals for the individual eventing in the 1984 Los Angeles and the 1988 Seoul Games. He has also added three Olympic bronze medals to his collection.

Mark Todd will be a fan favourite in the event, and I recommend everyone to watch how this widely successful athlete performs at the Games. He is regarded as one of the most well-respected athletes in the tournament.

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The official equestrian team that is heading to Rio for the 2016 Olympics. Photo: olympic.org.nz

Who to look out for:

  • Mark Todd: There is a reason he will be chosen to hold the flag at the opening ceremony. He is determined to make history and his real passion for what he does best is unmissable. One of the legends of New Zealand sport.
  • Jonathan Paget: Looked promising at the 2012 Olympics. Will be interesting to see what he can achieve this time.
  • Julie Brougham: The only New Zealand athlete who will be competing in dressage. I wonder how well she will go.

Check out Braeden’s take on the New Zealand Olympic rowing and canoeing teams here.

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