Mary King's season heads towards a close

As we head towards the end of a somewhat turbulent season for sponsored ride Mary King, she lets us know how the last few weeks have gone and talks about the 2014 season!

"I have only got two horses left in work at the moment so it is quieter than it usually is. I went to Burghley and it was a bit strange - I can't remember the last time I wasn't riding at the event, but I got on and did some bits for sponsors, as well as my last thing for HSBC as sadly that involvement has come to an end. Next stop was the Junior Europeans to support Emily. I went with a group of friends - there were 8 of us in total including the owners - and we stayed with my cousin who lives very near Jardy in a big house! It was good fun, although a huge disappointment for Emily on the last day - but that is eventing for you! You have to take the ups and the downs!"

"We did some filming for the BBC which was exciting - it was aired just a few days after they filmed it - they are very efficient getting it edited and live so quickly. Then it was off to Gatcombe with Chubby and Jay after they had had a little break. They both went very well, Jay got a 26 dressage, did a double clear and came 10th and Chubby did a 27 dressage, double clear and came 5th. Next stop was South Of England where Jay did a lovely 22 dressage and one of the best rounds of show jumping despite having one rail, and a lovely cross country round to finish 4th and Chubby did a 26 dressage and a double clear to finish 8th. It was a very twisty course so it was quite a challenge with such a young and big horse but I was very happy with him!"

"Jay is now out in the field having a rest and will come back into work later on in the year to prepare him for next season where his aim will be to do Bramham 3 Star in the spring. Chubby will continue to work and increase his fitness leading up to Le Lion D'Angers later this month which will be the end of his season. In the mean time I have a 4 year old called Dan that I sat on in the summer who will now begin work and I have three 3 year olds who we bought up from the Valley so they can begin their education. Two of them are King's Temptress' embryo transfer foals by Chilli Morning and one is out of King's Fancy, by Mill Law. Usually I have a break from riding up until December once the season has ended but because we have quite a few young ones to work I am going to stick around! We are also off to Weston next week with Zara - who is doing her first One Star - and Brookleigh who is doing the Young Rider U21 Two Star."

"In other news, on 24th September I took to two wheels! I am a patron of the Devon Air Ambulance and some of the other patrons organised a 30 mile sponsored bike ride which both Emily and I took part in! I was amazed that after cycling that long I wasn't even stiff the next day - I felt a bit like Bradley Wiggins!!"

"It has been a strange year for me, especially with the falls in the summer and with my top two horses having slight injuries. It hasn't been half as exciting as other seasons but I have found it fascinating watching Emily improve this year. Imperial Cavalier and Kings Temptress are both doing very well and they should be aiming for Badminton next spring so I am looking forward to 2014 already!"