The 2012 season is about to start for busy Mary King

We can hardly keep up with Mary King this month - she has certainly been here, there and everywhere in preparation for the coming season! "The horses have all started doing a bit more work," she tells us. "We took the big horses to their first dressage lesson of the year, with my trainer Ferdi Eilberg, and they all went very well. It was also the first time out with new horse Chilli Morning and Ferdi was very impressed with him, fingers crossed all goes to plan and we will take him to Badminton!"

"In February half term the whole family went on an amazing horse safari to Macatoo in the Ocavango Delta with In The Saddle," Mary tells us. "We had an absolutely wonderful week and saw some amazing sights. It was extremely exciting and the horses were so in-tune with the surroundings. We went into water with hippos, galloped alongside giraffes and if we were close to lions the horses knew well before we did - it showed how intuitive they are. It was a true getaway for all of us, even David (husband) and Freddie (son) who are not experienced riders. The campsite was fantastic and we had great food - every morning breakfast was toasted on the campfire!"

Mary King on an In The Saddle horse safari in the Ocavango Delta, Botswana



"It was then back to England and we literally drove from Heathrow airport straight to Birmingham NEC for BETA International where I was doing a demonstration and seeing sponsors before attending the Gala dinner on the Sunday evening. Meanwhile Jodie (head groom) drove four horses to the Unicorn Centre in Stow on the Wold where we met her and took part in the Equine Pathway training. Both me and Emily have got horses on the Pathway, Mr Hi Ho for Emily and MHS King Joules for me, but we were also able to take an extra horse each for the training day. It was a fantastic day with dressage training from Lizzie Murray and jumping with Kenneth Clawson."

"Since the beginning of the month we have had two lots of Team GB training at Addington where I took four horses both times. I had dressage training with Tracey Robinson and jumping lessons with Yogi and Peter Murphy. We also saw Liz Brown, the team vet, who checked over all the horses and I am pleased to say mine are all in great shape."

"Other than that I have been teaching some cross country clinics, I did a day at Stockland Lovell and a day at Bicton and we have been training at home - it has been fairly hectic," Mary admits. "I am really excited about the season starting this weekend, I have a couple of youngsters in the BE90 and BE100 at Moreton first this weekend, then Tweseldown next week before the big horses come out at Aldon the following weekend. Fingers crossed 2012 is another great season!"

We can't wait to see Mary in action over the coming season, keep checking the website for the latest updates and news.