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    Jonathan (known throughout the equestrian world as Jock) Paget was born in Wellsford in 1983, but moved to Sydney with his parents when he was three. He lived there until he was 19 and went on to do a bricklaying apprenticeship, which is far from the stereotypical background for a champion equestrian rider.

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    Perhaps a little cruelly, some New Zealanders who only casually follow equestrian will recall Andrew Nicholson for a disastrous ride at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In fact, he is one of the all-time greats, the most prolific event rider ever, some say.

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    Jonelle Richards was born in Nelson in 1980. Even though she grew up in Motueka in a non-horsey family, she said conceded had always had a bit of a “weird obsession” with horses. In Motueka she was friends with a girl named Rebecca Verity, who had horses, and that is where Richards’ love of horses originated.

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    Caroline Powell (nee Turner) was born in Lower Hutt in 1973, but for a long time Christchurch was home.
    She moved to Scotland in 1992 to work in Clive Storey’s point-to-point yard and raced five times before “retiring”.

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    Mark Todd, born in Cambridge in 1956, is among the most celebrated New Zealand sportsmen, with two Olympic gold medals and three bronzes, and every other major three-day title available to him.