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Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall MBE (née Phillips) is a renowned British equestrian who has achieved greatness in the Eventing world. The second child of Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, Zara is 16th in line to the throne and is married to former England rugby union player, Mike Tindall.

Royal riding heritage

Born on 15th May 1981, Zara was destined to follow a career in show jumping, since both Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were accomplished equestrians. Princess Anne won two silvers and one gold medal at the European Eventing Championships in the 1970s and was the first British Royal to compete at the Olympic Games. Captain Phillips was a member of the British three-day event team that won an Olympic gold medal in 1972.

Zara's grandmother, the Queen, has also enjoyed a lifelong interest in horses having been given her first pony as a six-year-old child. An accomplished rider, she has continued to ride for pleasure all her life, also fulfilling some of her royal duties on horseback – e.g. the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Career highlights

Zara revealed her talents as a horse-woman from an early age, following the family tradition by entering show jumping competitions. Her first four-star event was the Burghley Horse Trials 2003, when she finished runner-up. She missed the 2004 Summer Olympics after her horse, Toytown, suffered an injury during training.

Riding Toytown, she won individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim. She won the Eventing World Championship 2006 in Aachen and was awarded the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year title. She received an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism and in the same year she took the team gold at the European Eventing Championships in Italy.

Although largely successful, Zara’s career has not been without heartache. She was due to ride Toytown for Team GB at the Beijing Olympics 2008 but her horse suffered an injury during training and they had to withdraw. However, she did manage to compete in the London Olympics in 2012 on High Kingdom and won a silver medal in the team event. Her mother, Princess Anne, presented the medals.

As runner-up at Luhmühlen Horse Trials 2013 on High Kingdom, Zara also enjoyed success at the World Equestrian Games in 2014, winning a silver medal as part of the British team.

Personal life

Zara does much charity work, attending various events and supporting certain causes herself - mainly equestrian charities, children's causes and charities supporting people who have suffered spinal injuries.

Together with Mike, she has a daughter, Mia Grace Tindall, who was born on 17th January 2014 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital – she is 17th in line to the throne. The three-year-old has already jumped in the saddle!

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