NZ equestrian team reflects, celebrates
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 6:05p.m.
By Mike McRoberts
Last night the pubs of Greenwich certainly gave the New Zealand equestrian team a chance to let their hair down.
But there was also an opportunity for them and their families to reflect on a job well done.
When you're 56, and have just won a New Zealand record and your fifth Olympic medal, you can do what you like. For Mark Todd that meant leaving the equestrian venue for a drink at the pub across the road.
Amongst the friends and family helping celebrate was the owner of Todd's horse Campino, New Zealand Bloodstock’s Peter Vela.
Todd first won an Olympic medal 28 years ago, and coincidentally that's the age of bronze medal winning team mate Jock Paget.
Jock's father Neil was at the celebration, bursting with pride. He said he was “pretty emotional”.
Tears weren't far away for most of them there, they all know the sacrifice that comes before this sort of glory.
“It’s massive,” Andrew Nicholson’s partner Wiggy Channer said.
But the group did not let reflection get in the way of good old fashioned celebrating.
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