King's ready for gold in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 15 June 2010

EVENT rider Mary King has arrived in Hong Kong, having gone out last Thursday on a 12 hour flight.

EVENT rider Mary King has arrived in Hong Kong, having gone out last Thursday on a 12 hour flight.Her Olympic horse Call Again Cavalier arrived safe and sound on last Wednesday, having been a 'cool and calm' traveller. Mary said: "The old man was determined to go! And I am pleased he flew well as he was a bit twitchy when he flew out to Italy last year. However, he seemed like a seasoned flyer this time, which is good news." Cavvy's younger stablemate Imperial Cavalier was on standby as Mary's reserve horse should anything go wrong during the build-up to the event, and was even taken to the airport to cover for any eventuality. Mary drove him back to Salcombe Regis, arriving late Wednesday night.Mary's 19-year-old groom Bernie was tired but excited at the start of her first Olympic experience. She has reported back that the temperature is around 92 degrees and humid. Mary added: "I think Bernie was suffering a bit of jet lag. She couldn't sleep for excitement on Wednesday night. It is only her second year with me and to be working at such a major event so far away from home is very exciting. The other grooms are all older and more experienced."The riders have undergone another training session in the 'heat box' at Gloucester University and are as prepared as they can be for the conditions in Hong Kong. Team manager Will Connell writes an online diary: "August 4: The eventers were up for some more strenuous exercise around Penfold Park in the middle of the race course. Some cantered and some also made use of the cross country fences for a quick pop under Yogi's watchful eye. I have to say they were also on their toes - Call Again Cavalier looked like he'd happily have gone again and again. Sharon Hunt was really pleased with Tankers Town as was Daisy Dick with Spring Along. William Fox-Pitt gave Parkmore Ed a long slow canter and then a play round the fences. Jenny Hall, the eventing vet, was on hand and took temperatures during work and was happy with the horses. There are a number of cooling areas dotted around with misting fans and ice water washing which we are all making good use of (humans included). There are also two mobile cooling units which I have dubbed Thunderbird One and Two.

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