What an exciting year 2010

What an exciting year 2010 has been, with plenty of the usual ups and downs that are always involved with horses!

Of course the main ’up’ was the team gold medal win at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky with Imperial Cavalier. Archie and I earned our place in the team by coming 4th at Badminton in the spring. The whole build up to WEG was thrilling, and we knew we had a great chance of winning team gold… but so did 5 other nations, luckily it was our turn!!! Lets hope we can keep on top for the next couple of years.

The horses are all out now and my quiet time seems quite busy as I have been doing talks, teaching, sponsors days, and charity functions. It makes a nice change from riding everyday and has taken me up to Scotland, to the Isle of Man, Isle of White and 6 trips to London over the past few weeks.

So next year is the big build up to 2012…

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas

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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