Kitty King throws her hat into the Rio ring

By Charles Taylor on |


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Kitty King will return home from the Longines FEI European Championships in Scotland as a major contender for next year’s Rio Olympics.

While Germany took gold in both the team and individual competitions, led by the imperious Michael Jung, King also left Blair Castle with every reason to be delighted with herself.

She was part of the silver medal-winning Great Britain team alongside Pippa Funnell, Nicola Wilson and William Fox-Pitt, and was also the highest British individual finisher in fourth place aboard Persimmon, ending just 0.1 of a penalty behind bronze medallist Thibaut Vallette.

“My horse has really delivered this week and been on really good form and onside with me,” Wiltshire-based King said.

” I couldn’t have asked for more — I am just a bit gutted we were 0.1 behind the Frenchman — but I can’t be disappointed at all, and to get a team silver was brilliant.

“In terms of Rio, I really hope that I can be in the mix, but horses are horses and you don’t know how they will come out next year. They have got to stay in one piece, and it is a long time until next summer.

“I have got Persimmon and a very nice eight-year-old Ceylor Lan. I would hope to have both horses up there in the reckoning and hopefully in the selectors’ eyes, but anything can happen with horses.

“The Olympics is definitely a huge goal of mine, and I would love to try and get there.

“The last few days have been a brilliant experience, and it has been fantastic having such great home support. I heard the crowds the whole way here, which is pretty special. It really was phenomenal support.”

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