Olympics: Meet the equestrian team heading to Rio

Mark Todd. Photo / Duncan Brown
Mark Todd. Photo / Duncan Brown

New Zealand will have five riders competing in equestrian at the Rio Olympics in August. Check out who will be waving the Kiwi flag.

Mark Todd

Birthdate: March 1, 1956
Home town: Swindon (UK)
Discipline: Eventing
Previous Olympics: Seven, 1984 (gold), 1988 (gold, team bronze), 1992, 1996, 2000 (bronze), 2008, 2012 (team bronze)
Fact: Todd was named Eventing Rider of the Century in 2000, and is one of only two riders to win consecutive Olympic individual golds on the same horse.

Jock Paget. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Jock Paget. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Jock Paget

Birthdate: November 17, 1983
Home town: Surrey (UK)
Discipline: Eventing
Previous Olympics: 2012 London (won team bronze)
Fact: In 2013 Paget became only the second rider to win the prestigious Badminton trial on his debut appearance.

The only other rider to have accomplished the feat? Mark Todd on Southern Comfort in 1980.

Jonelle Price

Birthdate: October 14, 1980
Home town: Marlborough (UK)
Discipline: Eventing
Previous Olympics: 2012 London (team bronze)
Fact: Price is married to the 2016 Olympic team reserve rider, Tim Price.

Jonelle Price. Photo / Getty
Jonelle Price. Photo / Getty

Clarke Johnstone

Birthdate: April 26, 1987
Home town: Matangi, Waikato
Discipline: Eventing
Previous Olympics: None
Fact: Johnstone won the World Cup eventing series in 2011 and had a strong chance of making the team for the 2012 Olympics, only to have a wretched run of injuries to his horses which ruled him out.

Clarke Johnstone. Photo / File
Clarke Johnstone. Photo / File

Julie Brougham

Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Home town: Palmerston North
Discipline: Dressage
Previous Olympics: None
Fact: Brougham and her horse Vom Feinstein holds the Australasian record for Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, which she reclaimed and bettered this year.

Julie Brougham. Photo / Warren Buckland
Julie Brougham. Photo / Warren Buckland

- NZ Herald

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