5 May 2016

Todd rises in rankings

11:37 am on 5 May 2016

On the eve of the Badminton Horse Trial in England, New Zealand's master horseman Sir Mark Todd has risen to number three in the world eventing rankings.

Sir Mark Todd and his horse Campino at Kentucky.

Sir Mark Todd and his horse Campino at Kentucky. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Todd's seventh place finish last week at Kentucky helped him rise three spots.

German Michael Jung remains number one and this weekend will attempt to complete the Grand Slam, having already won Burghley and Kentucky.

If successful Jung would pick up a half a million dollar bonus, eventing's richest prize.

Of the other leading New Zealanders in the rankings, Tim Price is at 11, Jonelle Price 18 and Andrew Nicholson 23.

Todd and husband and wife Tim and Jonelle Price are all competing at Badminton this weekend however Nicholson has withdrawn.

The event is part of the selection process for the New Zealand team for the Rio Olympics.

Meanwhile the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall is also competing, hoping to stake a claim for Olympic selection for the Great Britain team.

Tindall, the former world champion is on High Kingdom, the horse that took her to team silver at London 2012.