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Mary King looks ahead to Rio!

We caught up with Mary King to reflect on 2015, but most importantly look ahead to what could be a massive 2016 in the King household!

"It's been a quieter year generally for me, with my only four star horse Kings Temptress retiring at Badminton, so just having younger horses to produce. But Emily has made up for it by progressing well as a rider, and is gradually building up a team of lovely horses and owners. To be long listed for the Olympics was a huge excitement for Emily and Brook's owner Jane, and a very proud moment for David and I. Badminton next year will be most exciting!"

"The out of season 'quiet time' is speeding by. The beginning of January, when Nick Rule our farrier is booked to reshoe the horses ready to start work, is
creeping up fast! The horses are having a lovely winters holiday with the relatively mild weather keeping the grass gradually growing. I've been working two 4 yr olds over the last few weeks, one being my homebred Rosie (Tess x Grafenstolz), who is disappointingly small! For some reason she is only 15.2hh approx, but is beautifully put together and has Tess's lovely temperament. The other 4 yr old belongs to a friend. They are beginning now to work in an outline and jump a course of small fences."

"Mum and I drove Emily and Currant "Cooley Currency" out to Germany mid November to Marcus Ehnings yard (world class show jump rider), where she is working and training until mid January. I watched Marcus ride when I was out there - he is so correct, soft and balanced. His horses seemed to respond to this by working calmly with their ears forward and being very attentive."

Emily has been long listed with Brookleigh for the Olympics next year which is so exciting. She will be aiming for her and Brooks first Badminton in May, where she will have to do well to earn herself a place on the Olympic short list. I have found a lovely new groom, Millie Walker, who will be joining Emma to help Emily and I next year."

Mary K Emily K

"Two days at the Southwest Equine Fair, and 2 days at Olympia gave me time to see some of my generous sponsors and to do signing and book selling sessions. After dinner talks, shop openings and other sponsors work has kept me out of mischief during the last month! Thank you once again for all your support this year, and I am looking forward to producing my 5 younger horses to a higher level next year. I would love to ride alongside Emily at a major event one day (as long as I beat her!!!)."

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!