End of an era for Mary King as she looses another of her former top horses with the death of King Boris at the age of 23
King Boris, the horse who set Mary King on the road to fame,has been put down at the age of 23.
Mary heard about Boris while competing at Le Lion d’Angers, France, last weekend. She has already lost her former Badminton winners, King William and Star Appeal, this year.
“He had a weakened foot due to keratoma but ironically, he had to be put down because, he was feeling so well that he cracked his pedal bone whizzing around the field,” explained Mary.
“He was such a genuine horse and his record was remarkable considering that he wasn’t a Thoroughbred.”
Boris, who was retired to the hunting field, won the national title at Gatcombe and was second and third at Badminton.
In particular he will be remembered for his tail-swishing in the dressage phase, which may have lost him the Badminton title.
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