Category Archives: WOW Saddles and Kitty King
The eventing season may have finished but for WOW’s eventing ambassadors, the off season does not mean lazing about! Francis Whittington took a short break before heading off to the USA to do some teaching clinics. Kitty KIng went horse shopping in Ireland (we are awaiting news of that exciting mission) and on her return, went to Cheltenham races to promote Team GBR at the Countryside Day. Pau Tapner demonstrated at Your Horse Live and signed lots of autographs and then headed off to Newmarket for the Retraining of Racehorses Awards where he was a prize winner – see our blog post on this nest week! What a busy team they are.
Just before the 2014 event season kicks off we have a chat to WOW Saddles sponsored rider, Kitty King, and find out what she has planned for this year…
“After the event season finished last year all the horses had a break and then came back into work in November so they were all fit and raring to go come January when the jumping and dressage training began. My year started off amazingly when I got a call from Yogi Breisner to say that I had been selected for the World Class Performance Squad! This means that I get access to lots more training and support, as well as additional funding towards my regular training. I have already been to William Fox-Pitt’s yard twice for training, Aston Le Walls all weather cross country course and the Unicorn Centre and it has been fabulous!”
“We have the first event of the season this weekend (1st March) where I will be taking one young horse for their first event. Then the older horses will run at Oasby the weekend after, then all going to plan it will be Aldon and then Gatcombe – fingers crossed the weather doesn’t ruin plans!”
“I am really excited about the season – Persimmon is aiming for Tattersalls 3* and Zidante is aiming for Badminton so we have some big plans! Hopefully all the hard work will pay off! I have a new mare called Creevagh Cooley, owned by Lindsay Caldwell, and she will hopefully do the 6 year old classes, meanwhile Ceylor LAN will be getting mileage on the clock at one day events before hopefully doing Le Lion 7 year olds at the end of the year.”
“WOW have been out and checked my saddles so we are raring to go for the season!”
It has been a great start to the spring season so far for WOW sponsored rider Kitty King…
“Persimmon won his 4th consecutive CIC ** at Burnham Market, not bad for an eight year old! We have also been to Weston Park where Persimmon and Zidante both did the Advanced. Zidante lead after the dressage and did a lovely double clear but I didn’t push her cross country so we had four time penalties which meant we came 2nd. Persimmon did his first ever advanced there and coped really well. He was a little green in his flying changes but I was very happy with him and he still came 9th. I was really pleased that he stepped up to that level and came in the top ten!
The young horses have been great, Caeleste only started eventing this season and went up to Novice at Larkhill where she was second and then won the Novice at Hambleden. Ceylor LAN is a nice 6 year old who won all the 5 year old championships last year and he won the Novice at Larkhill and then came 7th at Hambleden in the CIC*. I took it very steady with him as he is a big horse and the course was very twisty. Mo Cuiske also did the CIC* at Hambleden and came 4th which is very promising as he is aiming for Tattersalls. I also have a new ride, Very Special Z, owned by Ben Walden who also owns Zidante. I have only had a few weeks and he was second in the Novice at Aston Le Walls and then won the CIC* at Hambleden which I was thrilled about. He is also aiming for Tattersalls at the end of May.
I am really pleased with how the season has started. In fact I am currently 4th in the UK Rider Rankings which is really nice – I am sure after Badminton I won’t be so high but it is a great position to be in so early on in the season. The horses have all started the season brilliantly – most outings they have all finished in the top ten. I am really looking forward to seeing how Tattersalls and Saumur go so I can make exciting plans for the autumn!”
WOW sponsored rider, Kitty King, has already been to two events this year and so far all is looking promising!
“We started the season with Aston Le Walls with all the young horses,” she tells us. “Most of whom were ‘first timers’ and we had four nice double clears! One of my new rides, Bondi Beach won his BE100 section, another new ride Caeleste had her first run and went nicely with a double clear in the BE100 and came 5th and Burtonhill was 6th.”
“We have spent the past two days at Tweseldown, and have another two days to go! Caeleste felt better for having one run under her belt, she was less on edge and did a 28 dressage and went double clear to win her section which is very promising. Today (Thursday 7th March) I took two older horses to do the Open Intermediate and was pleased with the results. Zidante, who is aiming for the Fontainebleau Nations Cup in a few weeks, did a really nice dressage test in a very boggy arena then showjumped clear in another very boggy arena! I didn’t take her too quick cross country because of the ground but she still finished 3rd without having to push her so it was nice to get started with a good run. Persimmon was a lot later in the day so the ground had deteriorated even more but he did a good dressage of 26 and was in the lead, but he had both parts of the double down having jumped a lovely round until then, it is very unlike him but he got totally stuck in the mud, he didn’t deserve it so it was a shame. He then went on to do a very nice clear cross country round and still finished 8th so I feel we have a good start to build on. He is aiming for Tattersalls 2* in May.”
This year has seen some of our most celebrated equestrian events cancelled due to the typical British weather, but despite a bit of rain in the morning, Barbury Castle was in full flow with the sun shining.
The CIC2* sections were a favourite for many spectators and the focus of the day. There have been some recent changes to the course, but it remains one of the bigger CIC2* tracks of the eventing calendar.
Kitty King at Salperton
We were extremely pleased to see our sponsored rider, Kitty King win section Section B on her horse Persimmon. Together they only added 6 time penalties to their dressage score after also jumping clear in the showjumping.
Paul Tapner came second in section B on his horse Indian Mill.
Barbury Castle had a bit of light relief on offer (no one took it that seriously of course!) They had the Hit Air Rodeo Bull Eventers vs Jockeys challenge. Our very own Paul Tapner managed to stay on ‘Billy the Bull’ for a very impressive 59 seconds!