Show jumper joins Robin Hood and his merry men

  • Show jumper Louis King from Kings Langley, Herts, is coming to a screen near you as one of the stunt riders in the forthcoming Russell Crowe film about Robin Hood.

    The 24-year-old grand prix rider was picked for the British team at the 2002 young rider Europeans and ranked 29th in the country aged just 18.

    He also rides at novice and pre-novice eventing, has a Flat jockey’s licence and produces show jumpers and eventers.

    Now he uses his talents to pay the bills by appearing on the silver screen.

    He said: “I did a scene where I jumped over 10 guys with shields and swords and 1,200 people were watching. And I have galloped through fire.

    “The other day I was galloping along a beach with 120 other riders with a helicopter 10 feet above my head. I’ll never experience that again!”

    Louis has also appeared alongside Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer and Daniel Radcliffe in films including Alexander the Great and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    He even gave Orlando Bloom some riding tips for the film Troy.

    But, Louis added: “I’m much more interested in meeting top show jumpers than film stars.”

    This article was first published in Horse & Hound (13 August, ’09)

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