January is flying by…

Well January is flying by, and all the horses are gradually getting fitter… gosh I am lucky to have such steep Devon hills around me making the fittening work so much easier. They all just did road work for the first few weeks, and then I gradually introduced some schooling and jumping into their exercise. Luckily our snow hasn’t been too bad, the horses only have missed one day of work and they are being turned out every day after exercise. Emma and Lauren my 2 hard working grooms have been gradually getting the horses smart, clipping, pulling, washing and trimming!

Emily is having a great time at Kyra Kyrkland’s dressage yard in Sussex. She is there for a month with 2 horses, working in exchange for dressage lessons. After a couple of weeks I swapped her horses, taking Patsy Mason’s Zippy and Indi (Mr Hiho and Miss Indigo), and bringing home Patrick Beresford’s Charlie (Charlemagne) and Bridget Burbidge’s Moira (Redpath Eucanfly). I watched Emily have a lesson and was so impressed with how her dressage seat had improved.

Keith Evans my equine dentist came the other day and treated all the horses, making sure they will be comfy in their mouths this year!

David and I went to a wonderful reception last week at Clarence House hosted by HRH Duchess of Cornwall. She had kindly invited all the British Olympic Equestrian Teams plus the owners to her home. I have also been fulfilling all sorts of diverse requests from helping launch 8 new double decker buses in my local town of Sidmouth, to prize givings and talks for local schools. I spent a day teaching at Patchetts Equestrian Centre in north London and then did a lecture/demo with Archie and Urco (Imperial Cavalier and Fernhill Urco) in the evening… that was a long day… leaving Devon at 3am and returning at 3 am the next morning!! But the enthusiastic spectators made it worth it!!

Best wishes
Mary x

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About Mary King

Mary King went to her first Badminton in 1985, finishing in seventh place, and finally won the event in 1992 with her horse, King William. She later won the event again in 2000 with Star Appeal. In 2001, whilst exercising horses at her home, she had a fall which broke her neck. However, less than a year later she was back at the top of the sport recording top ten placings at major international events including a 3rd placing at Burghley Four Star on her great campaigner King Solomon III. She has won four team gold medals at World Equestrian Games and European Championships. She has been British Champion four times, more than anyone to date. King has also represented Britain in five Olympic Games: 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. She was in the Olympic team for 2008 with Call Again Cavalier who has since died, but taking Imperial Cavalier as reserve, as they moved into third place with team bronze. The three day event is being held in Hong Kong rather than Beijing. She married Alan King (known as David King) in 1995 and lives with him and their two children, Emily and Freddie, in Salcombe Regis, Devon. Current Horses Imperial Cavalier (by Cavalier Royale out of Gene Pool) Apache Sauce (by Endoli out of Saucy Secret) Fernhill Urco (by Corrado-Fly out of Orli) King Albert (by Mayhill out of Kings Gem) Kings Fancy (by Rock King out of Kings Mistress, full sister to Kings Gem) Kings Temptress (by Primitive Rising out of Kings Mistress) Kings Rock (by Primitive Rising out of Kings Fancy)

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