Mark Todd winner of the first Badminton Horse Trials returned this year not only to participate but also to say hello to rocking horse in the Duke of Beaufort’s home. The wooden rocking horse was made by Stevenson Brothers to resemble Mark Todd’s winning horse in 1980, Southern Comfort.

Mark Todd, now 55 years old participated and took first place at the Badminton horse trials again this year. It is the fourth time he has walked away with the top spot at this prestigious event, 31years after his first win in 1980.

The antique rocking horse sits proudly in the manor house. Maybe the Southern Comfort lookalike being present brings Mark Todd good luck at the Badminton Horse Trials.