Mary King’s 2014 Badminton challenge begins

Olympic medallist event rider Mary King is among eight former winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy vying to again bring home the Badminton Horse Trials silver this weekend Olympic medallist event rider Mary King is among eight former winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy vying to again bring home the Badminton Horse Trials silver this weekend

Friday, May 9, 2014
3:58 PM

Olympic medalist event rider Mary King is among 80 riders hoping to win the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials, which began this week. Mary said she was ‘looking forward’ to tackling Saturday’s cross country course with her horse, Imperial Cavalier

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Olympic medallist event rider Mary King is among eight former winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy vying to again bring home the Badminton Horse Trials silver this weekend.

British favourite Mary, from Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, is riding 17-year-old 16.2hh Irish sports horse Imperial Cavalier (Archie), who has completed at Badminton on four occasions, coming 3rd and 4th in the past.

Up against Mary are competitors from 14 other nations, with a major focus being selection for the World Equestrian Games, Normandie this summer.

Mary, who said riding at Badminton was a ‘privilege’, on Friday lunchtime completed a credible dressage test.

She said she was looking forward to tackling Saturday’s formidable cross country course with Archie.

Mum-of-two Mary said: “Hopefully the course will suit him. The rumour is, it’s very big and bold this year.

“But Archie is a very big and bold horse and I am really looking forward to it.”

Fans of Mary can meet their hero when she signs autographs at her sponsor Ascot Building’s stand at 11am on Sunday May 11.

The competition, which attracts thousands of spectators, is held on the Duke of Beaufort’s estate in Gloucestershire.

Saturday’s cross country course has a new designer - Giuseppe della Chiesa – who was appointed by the Duke of Beaufort and event director Hugh Thomas.

The 80-plus riders taking part in the event will be vying to win £80,000.

Follow Mary’s Badminton Horse Trials progress at www.badminton-horse.co.uk or through Facebook.

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