Emily adds to King family connection with Badminton Horse Trials

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Emily King and Brookleigh, who are in third place.
Emily King and Brookleigh, pictured at Bramham last year. © Mike Bain

Young British eventing rider Emily King is to be the ambassador for the amateur riders’ Mitsubishi Motors Cup at the Badminton Horse Trials next month.

King has a special connection with the competition; this year marks the 25th year of sponsorship by Mitsubishi of Badminton, and her mother, renowned eventing rider Mary King, won the very first Mitsubishi Motors Trophy at the horse trials 25 years ago.

Mary (Thomson) King and King William  on their way to winning the first Mitsubishi Motors Trophy at Badminton.
Mary (Thomson) King and King William on their way to winning the first Mitsubishi Motors Trophy at Badminton.

Formerly the Grassroots championships, the Mitsubishi Motors Cup is an opportunity for true amateur riders to compete across the hallowed turf at Badminton. Riders will battle it out to win an exceptional prize package courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors which includes a brand new Mitsubishi of their choice for a year.

Emily, 20, is following a similar path as her mother, who has represented Great Britain at six Olympic Games, won two silver medals and one bronze. Emily has already established herself on the international eventing circuit in her own right and promises to be one of the future stars in the sport.

Emily King is the leading female rider under 21 years of age, National under 21 Champion and Junior European Individual Silver medallist. To add to these accolades Emily is now set to make her debut at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, riding Brookleigh, on whom she came fourth in her first CCI4* competition at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau in France last autumn.

“For the amateur rider competing in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup is an incredible achievement, it takes dedication and determination and it is wonderful that so many of the competitors have been able to achieve their dreams and ride at Badminton,” Emily said.

“I am proud to be the Ambassador for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, the support of Mitsubishi Motors for this important competition encouraging amateur riders is fantastic and something we all appreciate.”

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said it was fitting that both Emily and Mary King would play a role in making 2016 a year to remember at Badminton.

“Emily is an exceptionally hardworking young rider and her talent, skill and professionalism is something we know our Mitsubishi Motors Cup competitors will be able to relate to,” he said.

The Mitsubishi Motors Cup takes place at Badminton on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday,  May 4.

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