Dressage rider sought for Mary King’s King Solomon III

  • Mary King’s Olympic silver medal-winning horse King Solomon III is in need of a rider this summer.

    Mary gave King Solomon III, also known as “Solly”, to Paula Lee in 2005 when he retired from eventing to carry on a competitive life.

    Paula has qualified Solly for the 2009 British Dressage South West Summer Regionals at Kingston Maurward — but is unable to compete the horse herself because she is pregnant.

    “I am looking for a talented young rider or well deserving rider who just needs the opportunity to show their talent,” said Paula.

    “I am expecting a baby in August and will be unable to compete him at the regionals myself. I would therefore like to give someone the wonderful opportunity to ride this amazing horse.

    “We are looking for a kind, considerate, quiet rider who really deserves a chance.”

    Now 21 years old Solly is still on top form and has won his last two outings this year. He has amassed over 200 British Dressage points since taking up pure dressage. He qualified for the advanced medium restricted summer regionals with 68.16 per cent.

    To be in with a chance of riding Solly, riders need to be eligible to ride at advanced medium restricted level and availble for regular training at St David’s Equine Practice near Exeter.

    They must also be a British Dressage member and have competed at advanced medium.

    All training will be done with Paula and trainer Sarah Cheetham. And all training fees and entries will be paid by St David’s Equine Practice, Nutwell Saddlery and Topspec.

    To enter send a written history of your riding experience, a short DVD or video of you riding and the reason why you are a worthy candidate.

    Entries should be sent to Paula Lee (Re King Solomon III) St David’s Equine Practice, Nutwell Estate, Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5AN by 12 May.

    The winning rider will be picked by Mary, Sarah and Paula.

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