|Preparations are going smoothly for the 2012 season. All horses are keeping well. The event season has begun for the younger horses this weekend at Tweseldown, the older horses start at Aldon Horse Trials next weekend.||
Events in March:
8th -10th Tweseldown, Hampshire
17th-18th Aldon, Somerset
27th Somerley, Hampshire
30th -1st Apr Belton, Lincolnshire
Stable name: Archie
Sire: Cavalier RoyaleDam: Gene Pool16h2Owned by Eddie & Sue Davies and Janette Chinn
15 Year old Bay Gelding and is my top horse
On the short list for the 2012 Olympics
Stable name: Tess
Sire – Primitive Rising
Dam – Kings Mistress
Owned by Derek Baden and “The Mares Team”
12 year old Bay mare and is my second horse shortlisted for the Olympics, Tess is also the third horse I bred myself at home.
Stable name: Caffery
Sire – Endoli
Dam – Saucy Secret
Owned by Gillian Jones
16 Year old Chestnut Gelding – this will be his last year competing at advanced level.
Stable name: Chilli
Sire – Phantomic
Dam – Koralle
Owned by Chris and Lisa Stone
7 year old Black Stallion
“Chilli” arrived at the end of January and I feel very honoured to have been asked to ride him.
MHS King Joules:
Stable name: Jay
Sire – Ghareeb
Dam – Gowran Lady
Owned by Eddie & Sue Davies and Janette Chinn
7 year old Black Gelding
Stable name: Chubby
Sire – Newmarket Venture
Dam – Newmarket RATR Cavalier
Owned by Eddie & Sue Davies and Janette Chinn
6 Year Old Bay Gelding
Plan A for the top horses is to run them all at Aldon and Belton Horse Trials….then Apache and Chilli will go to Badminton and Archie and Tess to Chatsworth CIC***. MHS King Joules will work on getting established at intermediate level, and Cavalier Venture at novice level. They will aim for their first CCI** and CCI* respectively at Houghton Hall horse trials. The Olympic team of 5 plus the reserves will be named at the end of May.
I did not breed any foals this year, but my existing stock consists of three 2 year old geldings, two of which, Bobby and Joey, were sired by Chilli Morning and were out of embryos taken from Kings Temptress. My other 2 year old gelding is by Mill Law out of Kings Fancy who was my first ever home bred horse. I sold her 3 years ago but got one Embryo out of her before she left. I also have a yearling filly called Rosie who is also from a Kings Temptress embryo and is out of Grafenstolz.
Press and Media
With the preparation for the Olympics there is a lot of media work involved with interviews by the Sunday Telegraph. I will be featured twice in The BA In Flight magazine, which will be out in June. Look out for me with Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer in London dressed in stunning designer gowns and Jimmy Choo’s for a photo shoot plus an article on the 2012 Olympic hopefuls.
I also need to keep all my wonderful sponsors happy!
In February I took a week off and we went as a family on a fabulous holiday with ‘In The Saddle” to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We stayed in the African Horseback Safaris tented camp of Macatoo. I had to do some interviews with a journalist during the week and also have many photos taken for promotional purposes. Lovely horses, exciting rides, great fun and company (with 11 other guests), delicious food and best of all 5hrs (approx) drive from the nearest village so we didn’t see any other people for the whole week! But we saw plenty of thrilling game and felt so at one with nature in the most fabulous surroundings….what a treat!
I am doing some filming in London for Team GB pre-olympic’s. I have also been filmed by an American film company who were nominated for a BAFTA last year. It is a short documentary featuring 4 hugely different Olympic disciplines, GB Eventing, Mongolian Archery, American Rowing and a para-olympian from Rio. This will be beautifully filmed to the last detail as they are hoping to be nominated again for a BAFTA this year.
Emily, my 16 year old daughter is looking forward to this season. She has 3 horses she will be competing on this year, while also completing her GCSE’s, so it’s a busy time for her.
Her advanced horse, Mr Hiho is a 5 year old Black Gelding and is owned by Patsy Mason. Emily produced Mr Hiho herself and has taken him to advanced level, she will be aiming to do her first CCI** at Houghton Hall at the end of May.
Patsy Mason has also bought a lovely 5yr old mare for Emily to produce this year, Miss Indigo (Indi). Emily also has the ride on another smart 5yr old gelding owned by Lord Patrick Beresford called Charlemagne (Charlie). Both these young horses are just starting their eventing career.
Last year Emily was the youngest competitor in the Junior European team and rode at the Junior European Championships, in which she finished 7th. After a fabulous start leading after the dressage and cross country she had one fence in hand but ended up having two fences down in the show jumping.
After winning the HSBC FEI Classic Series last year I decided to invest my winnings in a new Horse Box. It is not brand new, but 4 years old, low mileage and is fabulous. My old lorry only carried 4-5 horses and was 10 years old. Now Emily is competing more and more I needed a lorry to carry 6 so it has been a great investment.
Mary will be autograph signing at the Ascot Timber stand at the Badminton Horse Trials:
Stand number: 236
Friday 4th May 12.45
Monday 7th May 11.00