Mary is back in action

We catch up with Mary King after her enforced break in competition. She is very happy to be back out competing... 

“Never before have I been so excited to compete at West Wilts, but after my break it felt so good to be back competing. King Dan had his first win in the BE100, Mr Hi Ho, who I am riding for Patsy Mason for a while, came 2nd in the Open Novice and Kings Choice came 9th in the Open Novice.”

“We then had the Junior Europeans with Emily which was her 4th and final year as a Junior so she was keen to go out with a bang. Sadly it wasn’t the bang she hoped for though. She was fourth to go cross country in the team and they needed her score to get gold, however at fence 7, she had to turn tightly into the woods over a tiger trap and she made a mistake which lead to him getting too close and sliding his feed under the first bar which then resulted in a rotational fall. Luckily the top bar had a frangible pin. Emily was rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured pelvis but luckily it was just badly bruised. Brook did fall but he was fine – he had a soft landing - Emily! We picked her up from hospital the next day in the horsebox and she had some time off but is back riding now and aiming for her first CCI*** at Blenheim.”

“Next up was Sapey where I rode Mr Hi Ho again who came 3rd in the Open Novice, and also Hoodunit – one of Emily’s horses as she wasn’t able to ride and he was 3rd in his second ever Novice. King Dan also did a double clear in the BE100 and Kings Choice did the Open Novice and came 6th in preparation for her first Intermediate.”

“We then went to Wellington Horse Trials where Kings Choice was doing her first Intermediate. The show jumping was decent and I did wonder whether this was the best first event at this level for a 6 year old however she was awesome and did one of the few clear show jump rounds of the day. She then went on to do a very good cross country which meant that she finished third having scored a 30 dressage. I was very, very happy despite the pouring rain and being soaked through to my underwear and was particularly thrilled for her owners John Bevan and Roger and Gill Trivett.”

“I am very excited to say that my book, Mary King My Way, is now finished and will be launching next week at Burghley Horse Trials. I won’t be competing there but I will be in the Celebrity Talk area so I hope to see lots of you there.”