Wednesday 3rd May
Sunday 7th May, 2023


British professional rider Kitty King (39) who is based near Chippenham in Wiltshire, last competed at Badminton in 2019 with Vendredi Biats – albeit the pair did not complete. Last year the pair was a member of the winning British gold medal team at the European Championships in Avenches. In 2019 they were the highest placed British combination in the European Championships at Luhmuhlen albeit not members of the British team and were the winners of the 4*L at Bramham. In 2016 with Ceylor Lan Kitty was a member of the British team for the Rio Olympic Games.

In 1998 she was a member of the British pony team (Red Alert) winning team silver, in 2000 a member of the Junior team (Leading Edge) that won team silver and in 2002 a member of the British Young Rider team with former racehorse Five Boys winning another team silver. In 2003 the combination won the Young Rider championship title at Bramham and won Young Rider team gold at Bialy Bor. In 2005 after selection for the British team to contest the European Championships at Blenheim, Kitty became the first rider to have represented Great Britain at Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Senior levels. In 2015 she was the highest placed member of the British silver medal team at the European Championships (4th Persimmon). In 2018 with Cristal Fontaine she won the CCI1* for six-year-olds at the world championships in Le Lions.

She is an accomplished producer of young horses and has been successful in major young horse championships including the World Young Horse Championships in Le Lions, the Burghley Young Event Horse final, and age group classes at the BE young horse championships at Osberton.

Kitty comes from a sporting family. Her mother Jane competed at Badminton and Burghley, sister Charlotte has played Rugby for England and sister Lucy has represented Britain in athletics. Kitty is married to former National Hunt jockey Ben King. She trains with Tracie Robinson, Ros Morgan and Dickie Waygood.

Vendredi Biats owned by Diana Bown, Sally Lloyd Baker, Sally Syre and Samantha Wilson is a 13-year-old French-bred Selle Francais gelding. Bred by Philippe Brivois he is by the Belgian-bred international showjumper WinningMood (by Darco) out of a mare by Camelia De Ruelles. He was acquired in 2014 as a rising five-year-old from Padraig McCarthy.  He competed in the World Young Horse Championships as a six and seven-year-old place 7th both times. In 2019 he was the winner of Bramham and was a member of the British squad for the European Championships. In 2021 the pair won team gold at the Europeans in Avenches. Breeder Philippe Brivois also bred Emily King’s (no relation) Badminton entry Valmy Biats.




Vendredi Biats

SF, France, 2009
16.2hh , grey , gelding

Sire Winningmood

Dam Liane Normande (Camellia de Ruelles)

Breeder Philippe Brivois

Owner(s): Diana Bown
Sally Eyre
Samantha Wilson


Ceylor LAN

KWPN, Netherlands, 2007
17.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Veron

Dam Winanda LAN (Ahorn )

Breeder Watze Hielke

Owner(s): Jacqueline Owen, Brackley, Northants.
Samantha Wilson, Norwich, Norfolk
Diana Bown, Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Notable Results

2021 – Avenches CH-EU-CCI4*L 9th Vendredi Biats (team gold)

2021 – Hartpury CCI4*S 2nd Vendredi Biats

2021 – Bicton CCI4*S 2nd Vendredi Biats

2021 – Aston Le Walls CCI4*S 13th Vendredi Biats

2021 – Burnham Market CCI4*S 2nd Vendredi Biats

2019 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-CCI4*L 7th Vendredi Biats

2019 – Alnwick CCI4*S 1st Vendredi Biats

2019 – Bramham CCI4*L 1st Vendredi Biats

2018 – Blenheim CCI3* 5th Vendredi Biats, ret Ceylor LAN

2018 – Hartpury CIC3* 9th Ceylor LAN, 63rd Vendredi Biats

2018 – Bramham CCI3* 4th Vendredi Biats

2018 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 4th Ceylor LAN

2016 – Rio OG 30th Ceylor LAN

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 4th Persimmon (team silver)

2015 – Tattersalls CCI3* 1st Ceylor LAN

2014 – Osberton CICYH2* 1st Ceylor LAN

2011 – Le Lions D’Angers CCI2* 1st Zidante

2002 – CH-EU-YRC2* 11th Five Boys

2002 – Punchestown CCIY2* 1st Five Boys


2019 – El Vendredi Biats

2010 – ret Boondoggle

2009 –32nd Boondoggle

2005 – 7th Five Boys first time – ‘best Under 25’