At Home With Kitty King

 

Kitty King holds the impressive accolade of being the first rider to represent Great Britain at all levels (Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior). Her successes currently place her 19th in British Eventing rankings and she is the fourth highest ranked British woman.  

Here we find out more about Kitty from her fantastic base in Wiltshire and get an insight into her day to day life and plans for the season.

Nobody would know that Kitty’s Chippenham yard was formerly a working chicken farm. It was transformed eight years ago into an equestrian establishment that would be the envy of many.

Together with her parents, Jane and Peter Boggis, Kitty relocated from Oxford to start work on this 70 acre farm. The chicken barns were converted into roomy American barn stabling and the old cattle shed is now a great indoor school, “which I’m always glad of when the weather is bad,” adds Kitty, who rents the stabling from her parents and lives onsite with her husband Ben.

The abundance of surrounding farmland is ideal for fitness work, especially interval training and also produces quality haylage for Kitty’s horses. For higher intensity work, Kitty can conveniently utilise nearby Lambourn gallops. Kitty’s location is another hugely positive aspect of her setup. She enjoys being central to the eventing hub and is situated close to a selection of events, including Badminton which is a short drive down the road.

Kitty currently has 10 horses to compete this season, which are headed by her experienced 3* campaigner, Persimmon. Following Persimmon, Ceylor LAN is next in line in Kitty’s string. Frank and Jane Innis’s smart eight-year-old gelding will be aimed at 3* this season. A small team of staff support Kitty, led by head girl, Emily Slater and working pupil Eilir Whitting. She prefers having a small number of staff as it means “that each horse gets better one-to-one attention and every fine detail can be attended to,” explains Kitty.

A normal day on the yard starts at 7am, when the horses get fed. Kitty then rides her first an hour later. Weather permitting, the horses will get turned out for a few hours each morning and Kitty will ride the rest in the afternoon, before tack cleaning.  Following this, evening stable chores are attended to and Kitty will check the horses late evening before she goes to bed.

Kitty appreciates the help and support she receives from her parents who also live on site and offer assistance in different ways. Says Kitty: “Dad doesn’t like to come near the horses but Mum is great at helping with all sorts from putting up jumps to mucking out.” Her mum, Jane was a successful Three-Day Event rider herself, completing Badminton and Burghley.

The closeness of her parents to the yard means there is always someone trustworthy to keep an eye on the horses, especially useful when Kitty is away. With a talented string of horses, a great support team and a determination to succeed at the highest level, Kitty is sure to figure at the top of her sport for years to come.

Kitty is exceedingly grateful to all her owners and sponsors including the team at TopSpec who provide nutritional advice and support to help keep her horses looking and performing their best.

Kitty and Persimmon have recently been selected as part of the British squad for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle (10-13 September)

 

 

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