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Home: Wellington, FL
Born: December 20, 1969
Candice King has performed consistently well both in the U.S. and abroad for more than a decade. She won the Adequan Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier at the Hampton Classic in 2004 and in April, 2005 rode in the FEI Budweiser World Cup Final. In 2003, she placed second in the Derby at Falsterbo, leading some of show jumping's top stars including three-time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, 1996 Olympic double Gold Medalist Ulrich Kirchhoff of Germany, and other Olympic veterans such as Michael Whitaker of Great Britain and Peter Charles of Ireland. She also had three grand prix wins in 2003.
In 2002, King won the $25,000 Ariat WEF Challenge on “Caliskan” at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. She then went on to win the Alpharetta Grand Prix in Alpharetta, GA aboard “Elu de la Hardier”, and the Cleveland Grand Prix in Chagrin Falls, OH, aboard “Espadon”. She also placed second in the $35,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake in Devon, PA.
In 2001, King was the top placing U.S. rider at the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. King finished fifth on board “John E.M.”. In July, she became the first U.S. rider to win the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Royal International Horse Show (CSIO-Hickstead) in England since Mary Chapot's 1968 victory, the year before King was born. She also won the Leeuwarden Grand Prix in the Netherlands with “John E.M.” in October, 2002.
In 2000, King placed second in the $150,000 Grand Prix, at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
In 1998 with “Mister Spoon”, Candice placed 3rd in the $50,000 Coca-Cola Inaugural Cup during the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival. Candice picked up the ride on Lynne Little's “Mangrove Mattie” and placed 3rd in the $30,000 Grand Prix of Kentucky and 3rd in the Royal Bank Open in Calgary, Canada. With a new horse “Catch the Wind”, she placed 3rd in the $30,000 Culpepper Grand Prix and in the same class placed 4th with “Mister Spoon”. Candice earned her 2nd AGA win in 2000 by capturing the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis with “John E.M.”
She made her debut on the AGA (American Grandprix Association) circuit in 1989 with one second place and two third place finishes aboard “Trademark”. In 1990 she partnered with the mare “Wula” and they earned a second place finish in the $25,000 Cadillac Grandprix of Seattle. Candice began her career riding in the western divisions, and later she switched to hunters and jumpers with much success.
She had another great year in 2005, placing in the ribbons 23 times including third place in the prestigious Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic. Candice was named to the short list for the U.S team for the 2006 Show Jumping World Championships at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Although she had no Grandprix wins in 2006, she did place in the ribbons an impressive 32 times. In 2007, she claimed a win at Saugerties and finished in the ribbons 16 times.
King’s outstanding performances in the USEF Selections Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games earned her a place on the five-rider squad for the Games, where she was the team alternate.
She rode to several impressive wins in 2012 including the Fidelity Jumper Classic Grand Prix in New Hampshire and the $30,000 USA Animo Jumper Classic here at the I Love New York Horse Show. In 2013, she finished in the ribbons 25 times including one win.
In 2014 King and “Kismet 50” took second place at the $125,000 Trump Invitational at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. King also earned top placings at the Washington International Horse Show, National Horse Show and Las Vegas National Horse Show aboard “Ferron”, “Balous Day Date” and “Kismet 50.”
King and “Kismet 50” had a great year in 2015 as vital members of Team USA, winning FEI Nations Cup™ competitions in both Wellington, FL and Mexico. King also won the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at Tryon aboard “Valinski S.”
In 2016 and 2017 King continued her busy schedule of events, competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival CSI3*, Old Salem Farm CSI3*, American Gold Cup CSI4*, and the Live Oak International CSI3*.
Candice has served as a member of the USHJA Trainers Certification Program Committee and was one of the first to become a Certified Trainer. Candice is on the distinguished list of TCP Approved Clinicians, which includes horsemen such as Hall of Famers George Morris and Melanie Smith-Taylor. She is also an active member of the USHJA Board of Directors and Professionals Committee, USEF Jumper Committee USEF Athletes Advisory Committee, and USEF Steward-Technical Delegate – Appointed Athlete.
Candice has a daughter, Alex, born in 1999.