Book of the week: Second Chance: The Autobiography by Mark Todd

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Mark Todd’s eventing career is the stuff of legend and includes one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

In 2013, his extraordinary success was rewarded with a knighthood.

When he ‘retired’ from competing in eventing in 2000, he had already been named ‘Rider of the Century’ for his natural empathy with a horse and his legendary triumphs, including back-to-back Olympic gold medals, five Burghley wins and three Badminton victories.

But, eight years later, the idea of a comeback took root and within eight months he was riding at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He then hit the headlines in 2011 by becoming the oldest rider to win Badminton and in 2012 he was at the forefront of New Zealand’s Olympic success in London, winning a team bronze medal.

His autobiography tells the story of the fierce determination, discipline and personal sacrifice behind the success.