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Olympic horse racing champion Mark Todd free to train after horse hitting ban

Two-time Olympic equestrian champion Mark Todd is free to return to racehorse training after receiving a four-month suspension with a two-month postponement over a video that showed him hitting a horse with a branch.

The 66-year-old New Zealander was seen repeatedly hitting a horse as he tried to get it to jump into the water during a training session across the country.

Todd, who won individual gold medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles and Seoul, apologized for the incident.

He was given a provisional suspension by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in February and as his sanction was backdated to that time, his license has now been reinstated.

The BHA said Todd had accepted that his behavior fell short of the expected standard and “goes against the values โ€‹โ€‹of care and respect for the horse which underpin British racing”.

Todd became a racehorse trainer in 2019 after retiring from three-day eventing.

Mark Todd was provisionally suspended by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in February as his license has now been reinstated.

New York Post

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