Kass Court has riding in her blood, she grew up in the Somerset countryside where she and her two sisters shared (and fought over!) a pony – the passion started there. Her teaching career took her all over the world but horses followed – from Central America where she was given an Anducian stallion to ride; to Australia where a Darwin Cup Winner was in her charge, she has never been far from the saddle.
In her twenties she continued teaching alongside her love of horses and riding and was asked to exercise jousting horses which was great fun. In her late twenties, Kass moved to Hever, where she ran the stables offering livery. Through equine connections, Kass was given a young horse who hadn’t made the grade in other fields and she decided to breed from this wonderful mare with the late and very well known Sport Horse stallion Accondy in 2001.
The common mare and this fabulous grey Accondy made a match in heaven and Mzungu May was born on the last day in May in 2001.
Her name comes from the African ‘Mzunga’ which means white faced person, the mare was a dark bay with a big blaze on her nose, the father a pure grey stallion. Kass and her family knew that Mzunga May (Maggie is her stable name) would definitely be a grey as the first signs of grey round the eyes and at the knees would ensure that she would have pale grey colouring.
At 6 months she became steel grey and began to get dapples by the age of 2. At 4 years old Kass broke her in, and Maggie became more and more striking as she got older.
Maggie loves a challenge, and has enjoyed every aspect of eventing, from dressage to show jumping, and then to cross country. She also loves being out with the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt when she gets the chance!
As with most amateur eventers, Kass has had the dream for many years – if she could get to Badminton – the pinnacle of her ambition would have been reached. Being an amateur rider and the fact that Maggie was bred for hunting and general enjoyment, it’s quite extraordinary that they have excelled themselves and made their way to this celebrated event at Badminton.
Mitsubishi Motors Cup and Badminton Horse Trials run from Tuesday 3rd May – Sunday 8th May, 2016 #MMBHT and this event is any eventer’s dream, to gallop over the hallowed turf, to jump the hair raising cross country course in front of the beautiful Badminton House and to soak up the atmosphere, it doesn’t get much better than this!
The journey began 8 years ago when Maggie started entering BE90 3ft courses. Three years ago Maggie got a regional final and it was at Firle Place International Horse Trials last August when Kass and Maggie were in the top 20% so qualified for Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton Horse Trials – so exciting! Her trainer Sandra Devulder, has helped with every step of the way. Of course there’s been an awful lot of work involved and Kass has spent many hours every week building up her horse’s stamina with hill work and regularly goes over to Lingfield racecourse to gallop to increase her horse’s fitness.
Kass and Mzungu May are entered into the 3 events over 2 days, the championship dressage test, the showjumping round and the cross country course.
We would like to wish Kass Court and Mzungu May a very successful #MMBHT events, we are willing you on all the way!
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