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British Olympian Kitty King withdraws from Badminton Horse Trials

King’s Badminton entry and Rio Olympics ride Ceylor LAN suffered a knock during training for the event and will not be risked.

British Olympian Kitty King withdraws from Badminton Horse Trials

British Olympian Kitty King has withdrawn from next week’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

King’s Badminton entry and Rio Olympics ride Ceylor LAN suffered a knock during training for the event and will not be risked.

The Wiltshire-based rider would have been a strong contender at Badminton, which starts next Thursday and this year carries a record £100,000 first prize.

Writing on her Facebook page, 34-year-old King said: “Devastated to be writing this post, but I have made the tough decision to withdraw Ceylor LAN from Badminton Horse Trials.

“He has been on fantastic form this spring and has felt better than ever. I felt we had every chance to have a really competitive run.

“Unfortunately, he has knocked himself in training and Sprout’s (Ceylor LAN’s) owners and I don’t feel we should be risking him and his bright future when he is only 10-years-old.

“I’m extremely disappointed for his wonderful owners, who have been so supportive, and my home team, who have put so much work into our Badminton build-up.”

Germany’s Michael Jung, the reigning Olympic individual champion and Badminton title holder, will start as favourite for what is regarded as world eventing’s premier four-star competition.