Mary King updates us with a month to go until the event season

With only a month left to go until the start of the season, we hear from Nedz sponsored rider, Mary King, about how her team of event horses are getting on...

"Despite getting drenched through many times, the January road work has gone smoothly! The horses are progressing well with their fitness work, and are now beginning to do a bit of flat work and jumping. During February Emily and I will be going to some BS shows at Summerhouse, Hand and Bicton to get the horses out and about, preparing for the start of the event season. Also dressage lessons with Ferdi Eilberg, and cross country schooling if and when the ground dries up (!), are also planned."

"As the horses work increases their diets gradually change. A nutritionalist from Baileys came and checked the horses and advised on their diets. All the horses were wormed with Equest, and flu/tetanus boosters were given to those needing them."

"King Temptress (Tess) is having an elongated holiday due to her tendon injury last summer. She is being a very good nanny to my 4 young homebreds! Liz Brown the team vet will rescan her at the end of February so we can see how the injury is progressing. She may compete this Autumn, but if we have any doubts she will have the whole year off. (Maybe saving her now with time off, will give her more of a chance of being a Rio contender...??!)."

"Very sadly Cavalier Venture (Chubby) has moved yards and is now being ridden by Francis Whittington. I felt he was too big for me and possibly a male rider would suit him better. The Davies, who own him, asked Francis. Fingers crossed that works out - we all certainly miss him."

"David and I had a fun ski holiday with friends, and came back in one piece - phew! I had a treat towards the end of January when Mitsubishi, my car sponsor, changed my lovely Outlander for a beautiful new one. I feel guilty putting the haylage and feed, for the outside horses, in the sparkly clean boot!"