I'm thinking of taking myself and my daughter to the Area 8 meeting, which features Mary King giving several talks. My daughter's 13 and a BN eventer; she's on the fence about going, not sure that it will be geared toward her interests or level. I can't go without taking her, as husband and son have a road trip of their own that weekend (I guess I could leave her with friends--hadn't thought about that). Anyway, what do you think?
To me, the answer is simple - go. I was fortunate enough to be in the media for Burghley and Pau this year and she was an absolute delight. A wealth of knowledge (obviously), engaging, and very genuine. She has a lifetime of knowledge and experience and is coming off of an incredible year. I really think that a 13 year old would enjoy her and come away inspired.
A couple of years ago I was at an event watching how a fence rode before I went xc in the Prelim. She came over to me and asked me how it was riding! I am a nobody and we both watched a few jump it and had a bit of a chat. She is really lovely.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
I got to know Mary when she was here in the states for the 1996 Olympics. I saw her again at Rolex this past year and she took time out of her busy schedule to chat about old times. She is a delight and very friendly, I say go for sure.
No hesitation....GO. Even if something she says isn't "geared" toward any particular level, everyone can benefit from ANYTHING she has to say. She's friendly, engaging, and she always smiles and greets folks even in the midst of tense competitions.
Definitely go - and do some research. It may be that Mary's Daughter Emily will be there too. Emily is becoming very successful too and is about the same age as your daughter. I think Emily is 14 or 15 now.
If you daughter is in any way interested in horses/eventing, then I'm sure she'll come away inspired.
I met her when I was at Badminton, and I wish I had been 13. Most of the people waiting to meet her were young girls, and I felt pretty awkward about it, but of course couldnt pass it up. She was very nice, despite being busy, I think she could make anyone feel comfortable.