King keen to add to Euro medals

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

MARY KING is looking forward to the forthcoming event season which culminates in the European Championships in France in September.

MARY KING is looking forward to the forthcoming event season which culminates in the European Championships in France in September. She will be focusing on selection for the championships which have previously been very successful for her. Two years ago she won team gold and individual silver. This season her top horses will be Imperial Cavalier and Apache Sauce, the former being aimed for the Kentucky Four star event in the Spring with Apache Sauce going to Badminton Horse Trials in May. Her first major event of the season will be in Fontainbleu in France, the venue for the Europeans, where she hopes to run three or four horses. "The selectors are keen to have potential team members there," she said. She will be competing a string of six horses with daughter Emily having two. Mary added: "With school hours being what they are Emily can't keep her horses going without my help so I will help her with those, so having six in my string will be a bit easier. Last year was a bit too busy!" Mary was devastated by the loss of top horse Call Again Cavalier at the Express Eventing Challenge before Christmas. She said: "It was very stressful. One moment we were being cheered on - one of only two clear show jumping rounds and everything going well. "The next, Cavvy had fallen, I had fallen off. He got up and it was immediately obvious that he was hurt. He whinnied, the whole stadium went quiet, people started crying and some walked out. "Fortunately he wasn't distressed but just stood waiting and he was able to hop into the horse ambulance. It took what seemed like ages for the ambulance to get out of the arena as it kept bellying out on the surface. "Once he was out he was immediately put down. He had broken his leg high up where the femur joins the pelvis. It was a freak accident and in all the years I have been competing he was the first I have lost. "It doesn't happen often, if it did I wouldn't do it as it made me feel like a murderer. Cavvy had been so good, quite happily doing this strange competition for me and he was in amazing condition for a 16-year-old horse." Mary added: "I had over 500 cards and letters, endless texts and emails and flowers, lots from people who I don't know personally but support me and my horses, which was very touching.

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