Friday, June 29, 2012
Mary King and her Olympic teammates have been up to Greenwich Park and walked the three day event cross country track.
As yet the park is still open to the public but they were able to see changes made since the test event last year and got to walk the track on which the cross country will take place.
King said: “It is quite twisty with awkward turns, and camber. It was very interesting and exciting to visit the site.”
All the GB Olympic teams plus most of the other competing European nations will be at Barbury Castle horse trials this weekend where they will all have a final run out. The international CIC three star showjumping is on Saturday and the cross country on Sunday.
King added: “It will be a fanastic line-up. It has been pretty hectic with Team GB interviews, photo shoots, radio etc but there will be a period of 10 days before London when we can just focus on the event.
Details of Barbury on http://www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk
The Olympic team are in good shape having competed successfully at Salperton last weekend.
King rode King’s Temptress and Imperial Cavalier and bothdid good dressage and clear showjumping but did not run cross country due to the soft ground.
At Barbury they will run cross country but, King warned, will not be running at full competition speed.
There is also a separate class running for the International riders so they can ride the Olympic dressage test.
Daughter Emily, 16, maintained her Intermediate progress with a second place on Mr HiHo in an open. And she competed on her young horses on Stonar midweek. She also had her first competition ride on Apache Sauce and will be partnering him again at Nutwell Horse Trials which has just been transferred to Bicton Arena, next week.
At Barbury Emily takes part in a two star CIC on Mr Hi Ho.