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London 2012: GB eventing team is announced

June 12, 2012

Last night GB’s five person eventing team was announced with Zara Phillips being selected alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook.

Phillips, the 2006 world champion, is following in the footsteps of her parents, who both rode in the Olympics for Britain. Her mother, the Princess Royal, competed at the 1976 Montreal Games, while her father Captain Mark Phillips was a team gold medallist at Munich in 1972 and then won silver in Seoul 16 years later.

Phillips came third at the weekend at the Bramham Horse Trials and will ride the same horse, High Kingdom, at Greenwich Park at the Olympics.

After being selected she said, “It’s awesome to be given this opportunity. I am really excited and can’t wait to kick on and get him there.

“Hopefully, we will make it this time. High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy.

“I was really happy with him at Bramham as he had obviously grown up and is improving all the time. He’s pretty pony-like, a nippy little jumper and easy to manoeuvre, so hopefully it will suit him well in Greenwich.”

Equestrian is one of Britain’s strongest Olympic disciplines with of total of 27 medals since they made their debut in the sport at Stockholm 1912.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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