' And passion it manifestly is. When King broke her neck in 2001, no atom of her being wanted to give up riding. “It's a high-risk sport but that's what makes it so exciting,” she says, her eyes shining. “It gives you such an adrenalin buzz. It's fantastic. Because there are three different disciplines [show-jumping, dressage and cross-country] it's a bit like being a triathlete, but what makes it unique is that men and women compete on equal terms. Brute strength is not a factor. Women are as good as men.” An impish grin. “If not better.” '
Mary King is truly inspirational.