Mark Todd’s Gandalf dies

By: Horse Deals

Mark Todd’s Gandalf dies
Mark Todd’s Gandalf dies
The New Zealand Bloodstock eventing team and Mark Todd issued a report just before Christmas announcing the sad death of their star performer NZB Gandalf who was put down as a result of a serious neurological disorder.

The 11-year-old grey, who helped persuade Mark to come out of retirement and partnered him at the 2008 Beijing Olympics had suffered seizures, which caused him to become blind in his right eye.

"It was a very hard decision to make, but the wellbeing of the horse is what we have to consider foremost," said Mark. "It's also sad for New Zealand eventing to lose a horse of his caliber. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the best of him."

NZB Gandalf, by pinto sport horse sire Pintado Desperado out of Thoroughbred mare Princess of Power (by Galaxy Bound), was purchased as a yearling by Anglea Lloyd, who produced him to three-star level.

Despite Gandalf's untimely demise, Mark will continue his bid to represent New Zealand at London 2012 and has a strong team of horses behind him including NZB Mouse, NZB Land Vision, NZB Grass Valley and recent purchase NZB Campino.

"With the loss of NZB Gandalf I'll be looking to our other horses to step up," he said. "I'm hoping to start NZB Grass Valley at Badminton (30 April - 3 May) and NZB Land Vision at Samur (20 - 23 May). Either of these two could be chances of getting to the Alltech FEI World Games in Kentucky in October."