Emily King has one of the sunniest demeanors in the sport. Not unlike her mother, the legendary Mary King, the 23-year-old Brit seems to always be wearing a smile.
Emily contested Event Rider Masters Haras de Jardy this weekend with Brookleigh, a 17-year-old Westphalian gelding (Rockwell x Rieka, by Funkenspiel) owned by Jane Del Missier. Brookleigh was Emily’s first five-star horse, and it was a remarkable debut; the pair finished in fourth at Pau in 2015. They’re hot off a third place finish in the CCI4*-S at Bramham last month, and got off to a competitive start this weekend at Jardy — the pair was sixth after dressage on a score of 24.0 — but withdrew before cross country.
In this video filmed at Jardy, Emily opens up about her riding career and the learning curve of her partnership with Brookleigh, whom she calls her most special horse, “but don’t tell the others!” While roaming around the stables, blonde hair fluttering in the breeze, she also manages to look like she could be in a shampoo commercial … you’re an inspiration on all the levels, Emily!