LOWER Stanton St Quintin eventer Kitty King admits there is a temptation to keep her horse, Ceylor LAN, wrapped in cotton wool as she prepares for her first Olympic Games appearance.

The Wiltshire duo were selected to represent Great Britain in Rio, with the eventing competition set to a week on Saturday.

And while it has been tempting to keep Ceylor LAN away from anything that may cause an injury in the build-up to the Games, King knows she will have to approach the competition like it is any other in the calendar.

“Of course you want to keep him in cotton wool and it would be lovely if we didn’t have to take him out of the stable, but at the end of the day he needs to carry on with his training and his preparation and I won’t be changing anything,” she said.

“I will be treating it like I would with any other three-day. I will be doing the same build-up as he had for Tattersalls and Blenheim, which worked really well.

“It is a case of not changing anything and keeping that routine.”

King was part of the Great Britain team that took silver at the European Championships last September at Blair Castle.

As well as collecting team silver, she was just 0.1 of a point away from securing individual bronze.

Being the path-finder, the first of the team to take to the cross country course and work out the best route, ultimately cost her an individual medal.

The running order of the four-strong team has no yet been decided, but should King be the path-finder again it won’t faze her and she will still give her all for the team.

“We haven’t heard what our team order will be yet,” she added.

“If I am drawn pathfinder again, I enjoyed that position and dealt with it well so I wouldn’t be too daunted.

“Wherever I was put I would be delighted because I am on the team and I am not too fussy to be honest.”