JUST A MISSION

Known as 'Tod' at home, this horse was bred by Bunny and Robin Patrick, and was the apple of their eye.

A talented 4* three day eventer, I was asked to photograph him at Burghley 2000, where he had the honour of being Mark Todd's final ride in the UK before his retirement to New Zealand.

He was so laid back in the stables, nothing we did excited or interested him enough to look alert. After all, he'd been there and done it all!

I ended up in the collecting ring for the final phase show jumping, hastily snapping away , whilst trying not to get in the way of the highly stressed competitors!