Shocking footage shows Sir Mark Todd whipping horse as he issues groveling apology


Shocking video footage has emerged of Sir Mark Todd whipping a horse with a branch ten times.

The former Olympic champion has issued a groveling apology after the video went viral on TikTok.

Filmed during a training session, the clip shows the New Zealand horseman, 65, hitting the horse as the animal appears reluctant to cross a water obstacle.

The horrific footage, posted by horse rider Chloe T, is understood to be two years old but it was resurfaced this week.

When the horse approaches a water obstacle it suddenly stops and begins to back away.

Sir Mark Todd retired from eventing three years ago and now trains racehorses
Sir Mark Todd retired from eventing three years ago and now trains racehorses

As reported in the Mirror, Sir Todd, who earlier admitted it is him in the clip, dashes forward with the branch and strikes the horse on its rear.

The decorated equestrian hits the horse ten times before it moves into the shallow water.

As it does so, people can be heard cheering in the video, filmed at an unidentified location.

Sir Todd, a double Olympic gold medalist, issued a statement in response to the “training incident.”

“I wholeheartedly apologize to the horse and all involved for my actions in this video clip,” he said.

“One of the main things I preach is about establishing a mutual respect between horse and rider and that patience and kindness is the best way to get results.

“I believe this is one of the main attributes along with a great empathy with animals that has enabled me to have a long and successful career in eventing.

The horse appeared reluctant to enter the water, as shown in the TikTok clip
The horse appeared reluctant to enter the water, as shown in the TikTok clip

“I am very disappointed in myself that I did not adhere to that in this case.”

Social media users criticized his actions, while the company Equiwarehouse said their Mark Todd products would no longer be available as a consequence.

Sharing the video to its Facebook page, a spokesperson said: “With no regret at all, we will no longer be selling any Mark Todd clothing, horse wear or feed.

‘Mark Todd Eventing you should be utterly ashamed of yourself, vile ‘professional’ and disgrace of a human.’

Others were upset and angry at what they viewed online.

The video footage showed Sir Mark Todd repeatedly striking the horse with a branch
The video footage showed Sir Mark Todd repeatedly striking the horse with a branch

One person said on TikTok: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking to watch, I’m so sorry you both had to go though that.’

Another wrote: ‘That is no way to treat any animal.’

A third social media user commented: ”I literally can’t even watch this. i have to pause it every time.’

The poster of the clip, Chloe T, said she was ‘scared of backlash,’ when questioned about whether she had sent it to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports ((FEI).

Sir Todd, who runs a successful thoroughbred training business, spent 22 years as an eventing and showjumping rider.

He scooped two Olympic gold medals at the Los Angeles and Seoul Games.

His long list of achievements includes three bronze medals, plus winning the Badminton Horse Trials four times and Burghley on five occasions.

In 2016, Sir Todd became the first New Zealander to contest seven Olympic Games.

He retired from eventing three years ago and launched Mark Todd Racing in Wiltshire, celebrating his last winner on the Flat 57 days ago.

His 2021 campaign in the sport was his best yet, with 13 winners from 80 runners – and his team earned £121,000 in prize money.

Sir Todd and his wife Carolyn have also had successful breeding horses, including multiple champions in South Korea, Tahamkke.

The Mirror also contacted the FEI, British Equestrian and the British Horse Society for comment.

Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond – Sign up to our daily newsletter here.




www.dailyrecord.co.uk

Related Posts

George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *