Candice King’s grand prix show jumper Skara Glen’s Davos was sold to the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Team on June 11.
King rode Davos, an 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Carthago Z—Aida, Pericles) on the winning U.S. Nations Cup team at the 2010 Rotterdam CSIO (the Netherlands) and on the team that placed third in the Nations Cup at Aachen (Germany). King and Davos were named as the reserve for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.) team.
King developed Davos from the 7- and 8-year-old Young Jumper classes up to the grand prix level. Most recently, they were fourth in the $200,000 World Cup Qualifier and sixth in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.).
“It was a sad moment for our country, but it was a very good business move,” King said.
She also developed HH Rebozo to the grand prix level for Skara Glen Stables before the stallion was sold to Double H Farm in May 2009. Rodrigo Pessoa then rode Rebozo to fourth individually at the 2010 Alltech FEI WEG.
“I have some nice younger 6- and 7-year-olds coming up. Hopefully I can develop them like I did with Rebozo and Davos. They were my first batch I was able to focus on,” she said. “I've got a new batch, and hopefully I can bring them up and do it again. It's very gratifying, even if I can't ride them, to see them going well and being successful. I love putting the time into young horses and seeing it come to fruition.”
Davos is being ridden for Saudi Arabia by HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Miteb Al Saud. On June 19, he and Davos were fourth in the Grand Prix of San Remo (Italy).