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Second Chance: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Mark Todd
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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The London 2012 Olympic medalist on his stunning comeback.

Mark Todd's eventing career is the stuff of legends and encompasses one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

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 extraordinary success, which included back-to-back Olympic gold medals, five Burghley wins and three Badminton victories. He has also show jumped to Olympic level and trained winners on the racecourse. Considered a legendary horseman by his peers, he seemed to have done it all.

He returned to train racehorses in his native New Zealand but, eight years later, the idea of a comeback took root, part dare, part personal challenge to see if he could still cut it in a changed sport. Within eight months, he was riding at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in 2011 he hit the headlines by becoming the oldest rider to win Badminton. This was soon eclipsed by his stunning win at the London 2012 Olympics, however.

The story of his progress from dairy farmer to world renown, is told with typically laid-back humour, but it reveals the fierce determination, discipline and personal sacrifice which lies behind the relaxed outlook.

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This compelling and entertaining biography reveals the fierce determination and discipline it takes to become named, rider of the century. (BIG ISSUE)

This book shows Toddy's humorous side as well as his steely determination and the sacrifices he's made for his love of this tough and dangerous sport. (Kath Rhodes WELSH COUNTRY)

...a must-read. Mark is a great storyteller and his humorous tales and matter-of-fact approach to life will keep you hooked from beginning to end. It is a book that's hard to put down. (HORSE MAGAZINE)

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The greatest equestrian of the 20th century makes a stunning comeback in the 21st century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Toddy 18 July 2012
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I really recommend this auto-biography of Mark Todd - Superstar of the eventing world. It had me in stitches in some parts with bitdabout his antics as both a young rider and in his current phase of life. Its a book which when you startyou do not want to put down as you want to know what he does next. I found it imensely interesting reading about his life and about the brilliant horses he has owned and ridden during his career. Did not realise he knew so many people around the world, many of them you may recognise and may even have met yourself over the years if you are into the horse riding / competition world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 21 Aug. 2012
By Liron1
Good book I was hooked and read the book in two days! Very honest and detailed and it gives hope to older riders wanting to keep up with the young'uns!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Todd - rider of the century 20 Jun. 2014
By Bridie
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Anyone, including a non horse rider, would enjoy this great read of a consummate sportsman. I enjoyed Mark Todd first book "So Far so Good" [great title] now his "Second Chance" was a further journey through his extraordinary life in top competition, warts and all, an honest and very readable account of his trials, tribulations and triumphs with horses - the great leveller - highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toddy! 22 Jun. 2013
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I enjoyed reading about this quite normal lad having a great time. He seemed to have partied and enjoyed his way to success, not taking himself too seriously, rolling with his hardships but still grinding on with a charm which makes him such a popular fella. Brilliant read that I couldn't put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a second look 2 Jan. 2013
I don't usually go for autobiographies, but this is worth a second look. A great insight into the evolution of eventing as well as a personal story of Toddy's rise and fall and rise again. Shame it finishes just before London 2012, I would love to read what Toddy's thoughts were on that event.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 26 April 2014
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If you are into three day eventing, this is for you. This is story of an amazing return to the top of the sport. It just demonstrates what a great equestrian Mark Todd is. Some of the writing feels a little clunky, perhaps because he was assisted to write the autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb insight 30 Dec. 2012
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Having read this book, already being an almighty fan of Mark Todd, I am amazed at what he has packed into his life. It is informative and gripping. I was a little disappointed it didn't cover London 2012 however it didn't stop it being a real page

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 Jan. 2014
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Such an inspiration, it's very interesting to hear from the man himself about his come back to one of the toughest sports in the world and to return to be very competitive. Great read for anyone interested in eventing or horse sport in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
I found the book enjoyable and easy to pick up and put down. It's interesting to find out a bit more of a riders personality and Mark appears to has been very honest about his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss H L Arscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent autobiography
Published 4 months ago by crosie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 9 months ago by S G E Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars second chance
Huge fan of the sport and the legendary riders like Mark who compete in it. Easy to read, honest book, very enjoyable.
Published 12 months ago by Linda Lister
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really enjoyed the book.
Loved the part about his first badminton it was very funny.
One of the best autobiography I have read
Published 13 months ago by Jane Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book on the famous eventer Mark Todd, an interest autobiography which keeps you wanting to read more unlike some autobiographies I have read.
Published 13 months ago by lworth93
5.0 out of 5 stars It will be fabulous.
I haven't got round to reading it yet, however, I can't wait and I am thrilled that this was available on Kindle. Hope there will be many more riders that will follow suit. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Vicky
3.0 out of 5 stars An Average read
I found this book really boring, having read autobiography's for Mary King, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed, this book was a disappointment!
Published 18 months ago by mrs r elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed the truthfulness, and great insight into his world, things are never what they seem. I now have tremendous
Respect forMark
Published 22 months ago by Silverdancer
4.0 out of 5 stars Age doesn't matter
Inspiring, touching and real. Mark Todd opens up and lets you into his life warts and all. His story continues.....
Published 22 months ago by phbonita
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