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Mary gets the call!

Following on from the team announcement early on in June it has been an exciting month for Mary King! "I was over the moon to get the phone call from Yogi Breisner, our Performance Manager, to say I was wanted in the team with Imperial Cavalier. The selectors have their reasons for all choosing all five riders and we have all ridden together before at Championships so it is a good strong team."

"We have already been to squad training at William Fox-Pitt's yard - it was great to get together as a team for the first time and we spent three days together having dressage lessons with Tracey Robinson and show jumping with Peter Murphy. There is also a lot of admin to sort out and on one afternoon we all went up to Greenwich to have a bit of a reccy at the park before we did a press conference. It was quite nice to go and get a feel for it while it is still open to the public, the stadium is up and the stables - it is quite odd not having to arrange travel and will be slightly strange just driving down the road to the Olympics! Having the support of the home country is going to be fantastic!"

"Since the team selection Tess and Archie have been to quite a few pure dressage and BS shows to fine tune these areas, we have also been to our dressage trainer Ferdi Eilberg to put in place some of the finishing touches. I took both of them to Salperton and just did the dressage and show jumping where both of them went well and then our last run was at Barbury International Horse Trials to do the CIC***. Both of them did good tests - although I was a little bit disappointed with Archie's score - but that is how it goes! Archie jumped a lovely clear round and Tess just had one unlucky pole down - but she felt awesome! I planned to take them both very easy cross country and we did two nice smooth rounds without pushing for the time. They are both entered at Gatcombe but Archie will only do the dressage and if all is going well then Tess will run competitively in the British Open Championships."

"The next few weeks will be focused on picking up Archie's fitness, we have still got some galloping and jumping to do as well as going out to do some pure dressage. We will be keeping him busy to help make sure he stays settled. I will get all my Olympic kit next week, along with my groom Jodie Rourke, them the horses will be moving into Greenwich around 24th July and the grooms will be staying at a lovely hotel within walking distance so they can keep an eye on them. I will be in the Olympic Village with my team-mates. Then it is full steam ahead to the trot up on 27th July - I can't wait!"