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June 12, 2014

Mary King Receives Two-Month Suspension From FEI

British rider Mary King, pictured aboard her now-retired Olympic mount Imperial Cavalier, is banned from competition for two months after receiving two yellow cards from the FEI. Photo by Kat Netzler.

British eventer Mary King has received a two-month suspension from Fédération Equestre Internationale competition after she was given two yellow cards within a 12-month period.

King received her first yellow card at Le Lion d’Angers (France), Oct. 17-20, for “dangerous riding” on Cavalier Venture, a horse she rode in the young horse CCI**.

At the time King told Horse & Hound, “He’s a young horse, and he spooked into the first water and landed on all four [feet], before having a stop at the fence out. It was his first ever stop. They said I shouldn’t have pushed him and should have turned him before the jump coming out.”

Her second yellow card came at the recent Bramham Horse Trials (England), June 6-8, where she was cited for “dangerous riding” on MHS King Joules. She rode the horse in the CCI*** but retired on cross-country.

In her blog King wrote, “The horse I rode at Bramham was disappointingly strong and unruly across country. I pulled him up halfway around the cross-country course and retired after we had jumped the first part of a rail, ditch, rail combination.

“He dropped his back legs on the first rail, and the frangible pin broke. It felt dangerous and neither of us were enjoying ourselves, so I thought it best to stop before we had an accident. The ground jury have interviewed me and said I should have pulled up at the fence before. They said because I am a high profile rider [and] role model for younger riders I should have been more sensible, and I received a yellow card for dangerous riding. I was completely shocked and devastated,” she continued.

King’s suspension will last until Aug. 9. She said that her daughter, Emily, will compete her young horses in June and July.

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