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KING Mary
Sport Eventing
NOC Great Britain   
GenderFemale
Born08 Jun 1961 in Newark-on-Trent, ENG
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sidmouth, ENG
General Interest
Injuries In June 2022 she suffered fractures to her C3 vertebra [as well as the wings of several other vertebrae], seven ribs and her left scapular [shoulder] after she fell off a young horse. She returned to competition in October 2022. (Facebook page, 09 Oct 2022; eventingnation.com, 24 Jun 2022)

In June 2013 she fell while riding, suffering a mild concussion and bruising around her nose and wrist. (horseandhound.co.uk, 24 Jun 2013)

In 2001 she required surgery to fuse vertebrae back together after breaking her neck in a fall from a horse at her home in Devon, England. (Facebook page, 21 Oct 2016; olympics.org.uk, 24 Aug 2010; dailymail.co.uk, 30 May 2001)

She broke her wrist and her ankle in April 1998. (britisheventing.com, 14 Jun 2012; badminton-horse.co.uk, 10 Jul 2003)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? She began focusing on eventing at age 11 after attending the Badminton Horse Trials in England. She took a number of jobs, including making deliveries for a butcher, in order to fund her equestrian career.
General Interest
Most influential person in career Her mother Jill. (horseandhound.co.uk, 10 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol British eventers Lucinda Green and Virginia Elliot. (equiratings.com, 24 Jul 2020; britisheventing.com, 14 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours In 2016 she was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the county of Devon, England. (exeterexpressandecho.co.uk, 22 Mar 2016)

In 2013 she was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in recognition of her performance in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (exeterexpressandecho.co.uk, 22 Mar 2016)

In 2007 she was inducted into the British Horse Society [BHS] Equestrian Hall of Fame. (horsetalk.co.nz, 11 Jan 2007)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began riding at age six. "My parents weren't horsey but the vicar of the village I lived in owned a black and white pony called Magpie, and I used to spend as much time as I could with him. When I was little I persuaded my mum to lead me around the country lanes, and that is how my riding career began."
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Breeder, Coach
Languages English
General Interest
Other information SAILOR
In 2019 she took part in the third leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. She gained her love of sailing from her father, who was a naval officer. "I have always wanted to sail round the world, it's always been on my bucket list, but it's not possible to take that much time away from the horses, my husband and family. I thought if I can do it ocean by ocean, then that might be a way of ticking it off. I've done the Atlantic, I'm doing the Southern and hopefully over the next few years I'll fulfil my aim." (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2019 she became an ambassador for the animal welfare charity Blue Cross. She supports the Saddle Up campaign established by the Spinal Research charity, which aims to promote awareness of spinal cord injuries among the equestrian community, and has also lent her name to a computer game called 'Mary King's Riding Star'. In 2021 she ran the London Marathon for the children's hospital, Great Ormond Street. (bluecross.org.uk, 02 Mar 2021; yourhorseandcountry.com, 01 Jan 2020; horseandhound.co.uk, 04 Nov 2019, 19 Dec 2018, 12 Aug 2015; horsetalk.co.nz, 11 Aug 2019; amazon.com.au, 28 Nov 2007; spinal-research.org, 08 Nov 2007)
Famous relatives Her daughter Emily has competed in eventing at international level, including at the Badminton Horse Trials in England. (fei.org, 06 Dec 2019; Emily King Instagram profile, 17 Nov 2019; badminton-horse.co.uk, 14 Apr 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Apr 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Smile, think positive, work out what you could do better, and think of how lucky we are to be doing this." (equiratings.com, 24 Jul 2020)
Last Update
  21 Apr 2022
Further Personal Information
Other names Mary Tucker
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 1992 Badminton Horse Trials in England. (horseandhound.co.uk, 23 Jun 2019)
Hobbies Playing bridge and tennis. (horseandhound.co.uk, 15 Apr 2021)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 5 2
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER 11 3
2004 OG-C Athens (GRE) KING SOLOMON III 20 2
2000 OG-C Sydney NSW (AUS) Star Appeal 7  
1996 OG-C Atlanta GA (USA) King William 12  
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 6 1
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER 24 2
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) CAVALIER VENTURE RET  
2011 CH-EU-C3* Luhmühlen (GER) IMPERIAL CAVALIER EL 3
2007 CH-EU-C3* Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER 2 1
2007 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) KINGS TEMPTRESS 5  
2003 CH-EU-C3* Punchestown (IRL) KING SOLOMON III 5  
1997 CH-EU-C3* Burghley (GBR) Star Appeal 4 1
1995 CH-EU-C3* Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) King William 3 1
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 13  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) KINGS TEMPTRESS EL  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) FERNHILL URCO RET  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) IMPERIAL CAVALIER EL  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) KINGS TEMPTRESS RET  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) KINGS TEMPTRESS RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) KINGS TEMPTRESS 1  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) FERNHILL URCO 2  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 3  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) KINGS TEMPTRESS 3  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 4  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) APPACHE SAUCE 8  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 21  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) APPACHE SAUCE RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE WD  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 4  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 5  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) APPACHE SAUCE 7  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) KINGS TEMPTRESS 7  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) KINGS TEMPTRESS 26  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) KINGS TEMPTRESS RET  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) KINGS TEMPTRESS 4  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 12  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) KINGS TEMPTRESS 18  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 26  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 3  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 4  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER 8  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 11  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) KINGS FANCY 21  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 42  
2007 CCI4* Pau (FRA) IMPERIAL CAVALIER 2  
2007 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) APPACHE SAUCE 9  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE 17  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER WD  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CASHEL BAY WD  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) CASHEL BAY RET  
2006 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) CASHEL BAY 10  
2006 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CASHEL BAY 18  
2006 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) APPACHE SAUCE WD  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER 4  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) CALL AGAIN CAVALIER 29  
2003 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) KING SOLOMON III 4  
2002 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) KING SOLOMON III 3  
1997 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) Star Appeal 2  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   MHS KING JOULES RET  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   KINGS CHOICE 25  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   IMPERIAL CAVALIER RET  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   MHS KING JOULES 18  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   IMPERIAL CAVALIER 3  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   MHS KING JOULES 62  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA)   CAVALIER VENTURE RET  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   MHS KING JOULES WD  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   IMPERIAL CAVALIER EL  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   MHS KING JOULES 12  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   CAVALIER VENTURE 39  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   IMPERIAL CAVALIER 13  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   KINGS TEMPTRESS EL  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   FERNHILL URCO RET  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   IMPERIAL CAVALIER 20  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   KINGS TEMPTRESS 27  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   IMPERIAL CAVALIER   2
24.05.2012 to 27.05.2012 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   KINGS TEMPTRESS   1
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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