Todd pioneered three-day eventing in New Zealand, becoming part of the country's first eventing team to contest a world championship in 1978.
He sold his Cambridge dairy farm to go full time with his ambition of becoming the world's best and he was named to compete in six successive Olympic Games, through he missed the 1980 Moscow games because of the US-led boycott.
Riders such as Nicholson followed, making New Zealand one of the world's strongest equestrian teams.
Though Todd and others are based overseas, to make the most of international competitions, they are assured of a warm welcome when they return 'home'.
After New Zealand landed the bronze medal for three-day eventing at the 2012 London Olympics, it seemed only right to throw a party in Cambridge and the locals came out to cheer Todd, Nicholson and the rest of the team as they celebrated in front of the Town Hall.
"That (the celebration) was brilliant," Todd told television reporters. "It was great to see so many kids out here and so many people I've known from the past. It was very heart-warming to get such a warm reception."