A TOP eventer rode into town to officially open Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group’s Fairmoor Equine Clinic.
After cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the opening Mary King chatted to local pony club children and autographed rosettes, photos and copies of her autobiography.
She spoke about her life story, the thrills and spills of being a top event rider and breeding and competing on her own horses. She also talked about her training schedule and aspirations for the 2012 London Olympics.
Ms King is a World and European gold medallist and at 50 is the only woman to have successfully returned to eventing after breaking her neck in a terrible accident.
Last year she won the largest biggest single accolade in the sport — the $150,000 2011 HSBC Classic Award.
Lesley Barwise-Munro, one of the Alnorthumbria directors, said: “Mary King is someone who really understands the importance of looking after your horses and the special treatment they require.
“We are delighted to have been able to develop the equine division from a grassroots rural mixed practice to this bespoke clinic. Here at Fairmoor, we have a dedicated team of equine vets, nurses, support staff and modern diagnostic, surgical and hospitalisation facilities to service equine clients across the North East and Scottish Borders.”
Open six days a week, with a 24-hour emergency service, the clinic is beside the group’s Fairmoor small animal practice.
The equine division, a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Approved Practice Standards Tier Two equine practice, is run by a team of five specialist vets.
It is also a BEVA Emergency Services Protocol Listed Practice, meaning it is able to respond to police and fire brigade emergencies.
For more information, telephone 01670 897597 or visit www.alnorthumbriavets.co.uk