Mary looks forward to the Europeans but faces disappointment with Fernhill Urco

When we caught up with Mary this month she was sipping wine on a boat in Cornwall having taken a couple of days off to spend some time with her family. With the hectic next few months she has coming up, we certainly don't blame her! Our last blog signed off as Mary was on her way to Glanusk with daughter Emily to compete in her first Junior Championships. "She did very well," Mary tells us. "She was 4th, and it was only her first time competing against the top Junior riders. Following this result she has been long listed for the Junior Europeans in Portugal in September, she still has two final trials to do still and she is the youngest rider on the team with a young horse so we will see what happens."

Mary_King_for_website"Next up it was my turn and we took the big horses (Imperial Cavalier, Kings Temptress and Fernhill Urco) for a small run at Salperton Horse Trials as a warm up, I wasn't competitive with them though and just gave them a steady run but they were all on good form. Next came Barbury Castle where both Kings Temptress and Fernhill Urco ran, Kings Temptress did a good dressage but without quite enough flair so we ran cross country but not competitively and then Fernhill Urco was feeling quite edgy having not had a proper run since Kentucky, he was a bit strong and bossy in to the approach to some fences and we got a bit deep to a corner and I fell off! He didn't fall and I was absolutely fine but he did gallop all the way back to the lorry park!"

"After Barbury I took Imperial Cavalier over to Aachen with some of the other European Squad members, some countries were using it as a selection trial for the Europeans so it was full of top riders. William Fox-Pitt, Nicola Wilson, Polly Stockton and I were on the team and Oliver Townend rode as an individual. The Germans were a bit ahead of us after dressage but we all jumped well and managed to pull ahead and win the team competition. I was 4th individually and really pleased. Imperial Cavalier has been selected for the European Squad, however I am very lucky to have Kings Temptress as a direct reserve so if anything goes wrong I have a back up. It is a lovely situation to be in. After Aachen Imperial Cavalier probably won’t run again until the Europeans - that is the problem when you have such precious horses - you don't get to ride them very much!"

"Next stop was Aston Le Walls, Apache Sauce did his first run since the spring and came 10th although I didn't really push him, Kings Temptress was lying 2nd after the dressage and jumped a double clear to finish 6th - I wasn't tempted to push her. We had a disappointment with Fernhill Urco, he jumped a lovely double clear, however he was lame afterwards and it looks like he has incurred an injury which means he will be off for the autumn events. It is nothing career ending and although disappointing I have been very lucky this year and we're bound to get the odd problem."

“We are focusing on the British Open Championships at Gatcombe in a few weeks and then it is the Europeans in Luhmhulen with Imperial Cavalier, then just one week later Burghley where Kings Temptress and Apache Sauce are entered. A busy month ahead! We are now past the 'one year to go' milestone in the build up to London 2012 which is so exciting, it wasn't that long ago that it seemed so far away, I can't wait!"