Sidmouth's King best of Brits at Luhmuhlen

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:13 10 June 2010

Mary King was best of the Brits at a tricky Luhmuhlen course in Germany.

Mary King was best of the Brits at a tricky Luhmuhlen course in Germany, which she rated as tougher than Badminton. She finished fourth on her home bred nine year old mare King's Temptress, which was competing in her first three day event at four star level. Mary said: "It was a massive cross-country course and very intense. Of the first 10 riders to set out, only one came back having completed, and I was thinking 'crikey, what on earth will she do?' But King's Temptress had a beautiful clear round and only three time penalties, despite me taking a couple of the longer routes." German riders took the first three places with Mary fourth, having finished above Olympic team horse Miner's Frolic and Tina Cook and she believes the result gives her a chance of getting selected for the European championships. It is the first mare that Mary has got to the top level and is by the stallion Primitive Rising out of her original grey mare King's Mistress. "She is only nine and is really ready now for top level competition. I have always thought that she would be good." Mary's new ride, Fernhill Urco, competing in the International Advanced and being 'naively brave' came unstuck at fence six when, spotting a water filled ditch as he jumped a birch rail, dropped his legs on the fence and hit one of them hard. He was lame and Mary pulled him out but was pleased that he returned sound after walking back to the stables. " He just needs a bit of educating and has started to realise there is more to it than just galloping on around the course!" Mary has competitions at Longleat and Milton Keynes over the next two weekends before taking Imperial Cavalier as part of the British team to an invitation event at Aachen.

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