Grand Prix Jumper Rider Candice King: A Lifetime of Equestrian Achievement
Florida February 20, 2003 Candice King is a well-known
fixture on the grand prix jumper circuit and is a regular in the
big Sunday classes at The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, currently
going on at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Candice started riding before she could walk. She learned to read
by reading horse show prize lists. At 7, she was showing quarter
horses in Southern California, and by 15 switched to the English
saddle and began competing in the hunter and equitation classes
on the East Coast. She completed her high school education via a
correspondence course while living in a trailer on East Coast showgrounds
with her Mother. Always a master of her own destiny, Candice was
determined to make riding a career and to be one of the best.
Candices early career as a professional took her from coast
to coast, running Rancho del Puma in California, and then being
the resident trainer at Dan Lufkins farm, Chestnut Ridge,
in Millbrook, New York. Candice married in 1996 and gave birth to
daughter Alexandra in 1999.
By 1997, Candice attracted sponsors Joan and Ernie Kalman of Bedford,
New York, who, together with a syndicate, bought Candices
first grand prix mount, Mr. Spoon. For the next few
years, Candice kept Mr. Spoon on the top-15 jumper list
and was always in the money. From there, Candice took the Kalmans
Mangrove Mattie to the winners circle at Spruce
Meadows and qualified her for the Masters Cup.
In 2000, Candice competed Penlyn Farms John E M
to become The Horse of the Year. In 2001, John E M and
Candice finished 5th in The World Cup at Gothenburg. Candice then
went on to win the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Hickstead, the first American
in 30 years to do so Mary Chapot was the last. On a winning
streak, Candice, in 2001, was selected to be on The United States
Equestrian Teams Developing Rider Program, a very prestigious
At the present time, Candice is competing successfully on a multitude
of top-notch jumper mounts: to name but a few, Caliskan,
owned by Beth Johnson, is currently Candices top grand prix
jumper the duo won a WEF class and placed 3 times in World
Cup qualifiers in 2002; several others owned by Beth Johnson including
Quinten and Gosse dOrion; Camillo
owned by Beth Johnson and the Kalmans; and 7-year-old Tarco
owned by the Kalmans.
Without a doubt, Candice King has been one of the most consistently-winning
grand prix riders over the past few years. A lifetime of dedication
is finally paying off, and it is well-deserved.
For further information, contact Mason Phelps, Jr. or Beverly Lake
Wilkes, Phelps Wilkes & Associates, Inc., at (561) 753-3389.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington are available by
phone at 793-JUMP or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays.
Children 12 & under are free all days. Senior admission is $5
every day. Adult admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on
Saturday, and $15 on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19 23
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter Equestrian
for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
Internationale March 13-16
Tampa Bay Classic March 19-23 CSI***/W
Tournament of Champions March 25-29 CSI**/W
Budweiser American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium
for Winter Equestrian Festival at Tampa Fairgrounds are Wednesday
through Friday $5. Children under 12 years are free. Saturday and
Sunday Adult tickets are $10. Seniors and Students are $5 all days.
For schedule, directions and information visit www.stadiumjumping.com
for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James
Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium
Jumping (877) 909-9436.