A grand prix competitor for almost two decades, the accomplished Candice King has been in the saddle since she was a toddler. After a brief stint in the Western divisions, King made a seamless transition to hunters and jumpers, finally making her debut on the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) circuit at the age of 19. To date, two of her most notable accomplishments include the distinction of being the top-placed U.S. rider at the 2001 FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, and becoming the first U.S. rider since Mary Chapot’s 1968 victory to win the 2001 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the CSIO5* Hickstead in England.
Other highlights from King’s career include a first-place finish in the six bar competition at CSIO5* Rotterdam in 2004 and helping the U.S. to a second-place finish in FEI Nations Cup competition at the 2003 CSIO5* Falsterbo where she also placed second in the Derby at Falsterbo. King holds the record for placing first through fourth in the Merrill Lynch Cleveland Grand Prix in 2002.
In early 2006, King and Tarco qualified for the Short List for the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
King again started her 2010 campaign by jumping at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Florida. In January, King and Skara Glen’s Davos were 10th in the $25,000 Equestrian Properties A-T Benefit Grand Prix. The combination traveled to Europe in the summer of 2010 to be part of the U.S. team at Meydan FEI Nations Cup events throughout the continent. As part of the all-female team that represented the U.S. at CSIO5* Rotterdam and CHIO Aachen, King helped in achieving a first and third placing respectively. Skara Glen’s Davos’ double clear was essential in the U.S. clinching victory in Rotterdam.
In 2011, King and Skara Glen’s Davos collected a sixth-place finish in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix in March. In May, King finished second in the Old Salem Farm Grand Prix and fourth in the New York Welcome Stake at Old Salem Farm I. The next week, she finished second in the Grand Prix of North Salem on Skara Glen’s Davos at Old Salem Farm. The next month, on Whistler and Imothep, she finished second and fifth in the Country Heir II Grand Prix.
King began 2012 with a fifth-place finish on Campbell VDL in the Spring 1 Grand Prix at the Equestrian Sport Productions LLC Spring 1 show. She followed up with a fourth-place finish in the New York Welcome Stake Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm May I. At the Country Heir II show, King dominated the Grand Prix with second- and third-place finishes on Imothep and Kismet 50, respectively.
In 2013, King launched her season with a win in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette Round VI riding Kismet 50 during week six of the FTI Consulting WEF. With Campbell VDL, she was fourth in the $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup during the CSI5*-W ‘National’ Tournament. The pair then were members of the second-placed U.S. team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament. At the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, King and Kismet 50 were third in the $33,000 Keystone Classic. She was third again at the Alltech National Horse Show in the $50,000 Open Speed class with Antigone Quality.
King started 2014 with a second-place finish in the $125,000 CSI2* Trump Invitational presented by Rolex with Kismet 50. The pair was then fourth in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. With Pjotter van de Zonnehoeve, King came in third in the $35,000 Old Salem Grand Prix at the Old Salem Farm May II Show. The pair had another third-place finish in the $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show.
Over the summer of 2014, King earned top placings at CSI competitions in the U.S. and in Canada, including a CSI3* win with Balous Day Date at CSI3*-W Bromont. With Kismet 50, she had a respectable fifth-place finish in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. In the fall she competed on the Indoor circuit in Harrisburg, Washington, Lexington, and on the West Coast in Las Vegas and Thermal, coming in fourth in the $250,000 CP Grand Prix CSI5* at the National Horse Show.
Her season in 2015 began with a second-place finish with Kismet 50 in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix at the Ocala Winter Classic. The pair was then on the winning team in the FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian at CSIO4* Wellington. King and Kismet 50 were on another winning Nations Cup team at CSIO5* Coapexpan. During the Tryon Summer Series, the pair was fourth in the $127,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3* and the $210,000 Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix CSI4*. With Valinski S, King was third in the $34,000 Suncast 1.45m FEI Welcome during Tryon Summer 4.
King makes her home with husband, Brandon, and their daughter, Alex. When not in the saddle, King enjoys water skiing, playing tennis and reading.