Sir Mark Todd has announced on social media that he has had to say goodbye to 2011 Badminton winner Land Vision.
Land Vision had a colic operation a couple of weeks ago, but after an initial period of successful recovery, complications set in last Saturday.
"Very sadly had to say goodbye to this wonderful horse. Land Vision (Ben) was undoubtably one of the most talented horses I ever rode and to win Badminton for us at his first 4* as a 10 year old was amazing. Due to soundness issues we never got to see just how good he could have been. He has been a fantastic hack for Carolyn (Mark's wife) in his retirement.
"Huge thanks to Sir Peter Vela and NZ Bloodstock for giving me the opportunity to ride him and to all the girls over the years who have been his devoted carers. He was loved by everyone who had anything to do with him. A true gentleman!"
It is no wonder that Sir Mark regards 'Ben' as a super star. It was with him that he acheived an amazing comeback.
After eight years in retirement, training racehorses in New Zealand - (The legendary rider had set his sights on the 2012 Olympic Games...) he and Land Vision won the Badminton trophy three years later in 2011- his fourth victory, more than 30 years after his first.
The win put him firmly back into the Kiwi team reckoning for the Olympic games the following year. He did indeed collect a team bronze medal although sadly without Land Vision whose fragile legs prevented him competing.