Mary King's season finally starts


Finally the event season has got started and we had a lovely chat to Nedz sponsored rider Mary King to catch up! Read all her latest news…

“At last the season began at Aldon Horse Trials and all the horses went brilliantly. The ground dried out to provide really good going and we managed to get all the horses out over the weekend – 2 lorries with 9 horses between us! I won the big class with Imperial Cavalier, which was a great start to the year and Jay was placed after jumping a double clear and doing a good dressage. Kings Choice also did a Novice who came 4th and is going very nicely! Emily’s horses also went well – she won with Zara but had an unfortunate run out with Brookleigh after he tripped between the steps and a narrow fence – it was a shame but they were both unscathed.”

“Then Gatcombe was the following week – bit of a difference from Aldon which was in bright sunshine and felt like summer. Gatcombe was bitterly cold, with hail storms that hurt! Emily and I were lucky enough that we didn’t have any hail while we were riding but others were not so lucky. Andrew Nicholson gave up in his test, cantered through the warm up and straight into his lorry to get away from the weather! The conditions meant that the show jumping was difficult to ride and all of the horses had fences down here and there! I did the OI with Jay where again he went well for a lower placing, I am not going too fast XC with him at the moment as he is pretty feisty to ride and want to try to keep him calm for the bigger events ahead.” 

“After Gatcombe we were due to go to Somerley but it was sadly cancelled so the next big event is Belton where we have 6 horses going up via Ferdi Eilberg on Thursday to have dressage training. Imperial Cavalier is having his last run before Badminton and Jay is doing his first CIC***. It is very exciting for Emily as it is her first 3* event as she is now 18 years old. So Emily with Brookleigh and I will be riding in the same section! Mr Hi Ho is doing the CIC** to get his qualification so that they can go and do a CIC*** in a few weeks at Burnham market. It will also be her first Junior trial of the year with Miss Indigo and Zara in the OIU21 section.“

“Dan, King Dan as I have called him, has just been registered and is entered in to his first event at Sapey in a few weeks time! I am very pleased with him. He is still quite green but he has been cross country schooling at Pontispool, Bicton an Shepton Mallett and he really seems to be happy with what he is being asked. He is brave through the water, and doesn’t mind ditches – I am reallypleased with his willing attitude!”

“I had a lovely day with the winners of the Nedz competition when they came to the yard and watched us jump and train the horses and I have also enjoyed some lovely social outings. I have also had a few social outings – we were honoured to be invited to Cheltenham on the World Hurdle Day. I was also asked to go to London and managed to fit in two social events in one evening! First was Country Life magazine’s evening at Claridge’s which was themed Country Tweed so we went and had a lovely time in the Ballroom in our tweed outfits. Then it was a quick change into our little black dresses and off to the Spinal Research Equestrian Black Tie Dinner at Piccadily – as I am an ambassador for the charity. It was a lovely meal and evening with plenty of funds raised for such an amazing charity.”

“My book is coming along well and we are hoping to do the photos next month when the weather improves. My son, Freddie has also been selected to play rugby for Devon & Cornwall Under 15s squad.”