Horse Scout catches up with eventing advocate Emily King to find out her thoughts on the UK’s most prestigious three day event – Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
Why is Badminton such a special event to you?
I have been to Badminton nearly every year since I was young with my mum, and for me, it’s the biggest and best event in the world.
What is your most memorable moment at Badminton?
Competing for my first time there on Brookleigh in 2016. We lay 2nd after dressage but unfortunately had a fall at the second last on the cross country!
What is your top Cross Country tip?
Stay on the tightest line possible, sometimes going slower can get a tighter line and thus making you faster.
What is your top Show Jumping tip?
Rhythm, power, balance. Three very vital words!
What is your top Dressage tip?
Stay cool, calm and concentrate on all of the small things – every corner, every transition, how you’re sitting. This influences everything.
What are your thoughts on the 2019 Badminton Cross Country course?
It appears a tough, bold, rider testing course. The lake is always so imposing, so I’m sure that’ll cause it’s fair share of problems. Then the corner ditch, corner, (where the vicarage vee was last year) – I think that’ll catch a few horses and riders out this year.
How is Dargun feeling?
Dre’s feeling great! He’s had a couple of good prep runs this spring at Belton & Burnham Market, where he’s been on top form. He feels extremely fit and well, so everything crossed!!
Horse Scout is thrilled to have you as the Eventing brand ‘Face’ of the Horse Scout Collection. Which product do you believe you’ll get the most wear from?
It’s hard to say! But I think I love the Jin Stirrups and Horse Scout Ears the most of all. The stirrups due to their durability and grip, the ears due to their comfort and their thicker material which is fantastic for helping to cancel out any excess noise for the horses.
Will you be using Horse Scout Jin Stirrup irons at Badminton this year?
Yes I will, on all of my saddles! They’re super lightweight, grippy and most of all they’re extremely strong.
What is your aim for Badminton 2019?
I’d just love to come home knowing myself and Dre have tried our hardest. I’d obviously love to have a top result, but with it being his first thing at this level you have to be open minded… so the main thing for me is for him to come home safe and sound having had a wonderful time.