Emily King: “My first CCI 4 stars”
Eventing British young rider Emily King talks about her agonistic season and the successes she has achieved with her horses.
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Nineteen years, Emily is the daughter of the champion Mary King, from whom she got her talent, courage, determination and passion for horses. Emily has begun to ride at the age of six and when she was twelve she had already participated at her first competitions. Till now Emily has already taken part at four editions of the European Championships and competes in the most important CIC and CCI. Emily lives in Newak-on-Trent, in Nottingamshire, where she works with his team and his mother Mary. She had a very successful 2015 season and a very good result in Pau with her Brook, them first CCI****, as she herself tells us:
Wow, what a fantastic week we had out at Pau!!! It was both myself and Brook’s first CCI**** and we finished 4th - being the highest place Brit, highest placed female and youngest in the competition… an absolute dream finish!! Brook was a star from start to finish and really rose to the occasion. He did one of his best ever tests scoring 38, putting us in 3rd place after dressage behind Michael Jung (my God!), who scored on 34 on Halunke and 35 on Fischerrocana. The cross country was then a strong test, which consisted of several big, technical questions - a typical Pierre Michelet course, which encouraged you to really attack it and ride forward… which suited Brook & I. I had my best cross country ride to date… Brook gave me his absolute all and we finished clear inside the time! So we stayed in 3rd place, but then moved up to 2nd, the morning of the final showjumping when Michael’s horse Halunke failed to pass the vets inspection. So this was all extremely surreal - going into the final showjumping of our first CCI**** in 2nd place… just 3 points behind Micheal Jung!!! The show jumping would be Brook’s weakest phase, so I was unsure what to expect... especially due to Pau being know as the biggest eventing showjumping track in the world. But luckily he was feeling very fresh, and I just focused on trying to ride the best I could to enable him to jump as well as possible… and amazingly it all came together!!! We jumped our best ever round we’ve done, just having one fence down which cost us the win (again, so surreal that I’m actually saying that!)… which moved us down to 4th. But I am just over the moon with dear Brookers, he tried his heart out all week and it was just amazing to see how he really stepped up his game at this top level. I feel very lucky to have been able to build up such a great partnership with him, and am forever grateful to his fabulous owner for enabling this to happen. Roll on Badminton 2016 - eeeeeekk!!
The horses are all now enjoying a well deserved few months out in the field. They live out day and night, have their shoes off, rugs off and are allowed to completely relax and turn off for the winter! They will have their lovely Bucas rugs on once they’ve grown their winter coat and when the weather turns wet and cold. We feel it’s very important for their bodies and minds to have this break.
I was thrilled to hear I had won the Goldman Cup for being the Leading U21 rider of 2015, it’s a great honour and I feel extremely lucky. It was also great to see that Brook has finished 6th on the British Eventing Horse Rankings, making him the leading British ridden horse of 2015!... and that I’ve finished 16th on the Senior British Eventing Rankings.
Whilst the horses are on their winter holidays, I am making the most of these few quiet months and heading out to Germany until mid January, to train with the legendary show jumper Marcus Ehning. Ever since I left school when I was 16, I’ve gone away working and training with top jump and dressage riders out of season… I’m so eager to learn and improve as much as possible, so I’m extremely excited to be heading out to Marcus’ this winter!!
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of my incredible sponsors, owners, grooms, trainers, friends and family for all of your support this past season through the highs and the lows. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you and I constantly strive to do as well as I can to pay you back for your help and generosity. Fingers crossed 2016 brings just as much excitement!!