Osborne and King go for eventing gold before attentions turn to racing
Racing has found plenty of future stars among the ranks of pony racing riders but trainers' daughters Saffie Osborne and Georgia King are taking a different route towards race-riding.
Both are currently competing in the three-day event competition at the FEI European Pony Championships at Bishop Burton College near Beverley in Yorkshire.
The crucial cross-country phase takes place on Saturday, with the showjumping to decide the medals on Sunday.
Osborne already has a pair of silver medals from the 2017 championships in Budapest and lies fourth in the individual competition after the dressage test.
But the 16-year-old says she will soon be trading in equestrianism for a jockey's licence.
"I’m being sensible and will stay on at school to do my A-levels but after that I want to give it a proper go as a Flat jockey," said Osborne, who rides out for her Lambourn-based father Jamie.
"I’ve loved my time eventing on the pony team but there’s nothing quite like racing."
Alan King will be joining the crowds in time to see daughter Georgia tackle the cross-country course on Saturday.
"She's been on racehorses for the last few months, although the eventing has taken priority in the last couple of weeks. I'm going up in the morning and Jamie is already up there. They go across country on Saturday and then showjumping on Sunday."
Georgia King also has racing ambitions and it seems the apple may not have fallen very far from the tree.
"I'd really like to race over jumps but we'll see what happens with my weight," she said.
Entry for spectators on Saturday is free, while details and the latest standings can be found at bishopburtonponyeuros2018.co.uk
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