Born in 1996, Emily King is the daughter of eventing “royalty”, Mary King.
Emily King and Loxley
Emily has forged her own hugely successful eventing career. She completed her first affiliated event at the age of just 12 and represented Great Britain for the first time when she was 15-years-old at the 2011 junior European eventing championships in Vale Sabroso, where she finished seventh individually with Mr Hiho.
Emily clinched her first individual European medal at the 2012 junior European eventing championships in Strzegom where she won silver, once again with Mr Hiho.
The talented rider enjoyed a bumper season in 2015. She was third in the CIC3* class at Chatsworth Horse Trials with Brookleigh and fifth and six in the under-21 CCI2* at Houghton Hall with Charlemagne and Loxley respectively. She also claimed fifth place in the under-25 CCI3* section at Bramham, won team gold in the young rider European championships in Strzegom, was second in the CIC3* in Ballindenisk and came second in the seven-year-old championships at Osberton Horse Trials with Dargun.
Emily made her four-star debute when she finished fourth at Pau Horse Trials 2015 in the south of France with her faithful campaigner Brookleigh. They followed that with their first Badminton in 2016, where they dazzled the dressage judges to sit in second place after this phase, just 2.4 penalties behind eventual winner Michael Jung. Sadly her competition came to a premature end when the pair fell at the second to last fence, the second element of the Rolex Crossing, following a strong round. It later transpired that Brookleigh had picked up an injury.
Having been based on the family yard in Devon throughout her career so far, Emily is planning to move north to Cheshire to be based with her boyfriend, Sam Ecryod, in July 2018. Emily ran a successful crowdfunding campaign in May 2018 to raise funds to buy the talented six-year-old, Langford Take the Biscuit. She intends to donate all of “Hobby’s” winning to charity.