King ‘delighted’ by World Equestrian Games selection

Imperial Cavalier puts in best dressage ever at Barbury

EVENTER MARY King heard this week that her horse Imperial Cavalier has been selected for the World Equestrian Games to be held in Kentucky later this year.

The team was named after Barbury Castle horse trials (held last weekend) but King has to wait to see if she will be riding for the GB team or as an individual.

And another of her rides, Apache Sauce, owned by Jill Jonas, has been selected on the second reserve horse list.

King was relieved to get the nod on Imperial Cavalier as a last minute shoeing problem almost scuppered her chances.

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She said: “We were lucky to be able to do our dressage on the Saturday, rather than on Thursday as it gave us a couple of extra days to work on his foot, icing and poulticing. Even so, I did all his warm-up work on the all weather track and I didn’t ride on any hard ground. We were never planning to run cross country but I was very grateful that we were excused the showjumping. All the selected riders and horses have to perform at specific events nearer the time to prove their well being.”

In the event, Mary was thrilled with Imperial Cavalier’s dressage - he produced his best ever test earning a 36 and second place. Most of the top event horses would normally achieve a test in the 40s.

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She will be competing next weekend at Aston Le Walls with Apache Sauce, King’s Temptress and Imperial Cavalier.

The other members of the team are: Tina Cook riding Mr & Mrs Nicholas and Valda Embiricos and Mrs Sarah Pelham’s Miner’s Frolic; William Fox-Pitt riding Mrs Teresa Stopford Sackville’s Cool Mountain; Piggy French riding Mr Wally French and Mr Michael Underwood’s Jakata; Pippa Funnell riding Mr & Mrs Roger Lincoln’s Redesigned; Nicola Wilson riding Miss Rosemary Search’s Opposition Buzz.

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