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Equestrian: Zara Philips sets her sights on Rio

September 12, 2014

Zara Phillips admits thoughts of the 2016 Rio Olympics are already filling her mind, adamant she has the perfect horse for the job.

Despite giving birth to her first child only eight months ago, Phillips’ return to competitive action this season culminated in a silver medal-winning team performance alongside Great Britain colleagues William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook and Harry Meade at the World Equestrian Games.

Phillips also finished 11th individually following a superb performance aboard High Kingdom, the horse she competed on at London 2012, helping Team GB claim team eventing silver.

And Phillips believes the pair could go on to bigger and better things at Rio 2016.

“You definitely come out of an Olympics and go ‘yeah, I want to do another one. Let’s do it again.’” she said.

“I think a lot of this horse, I really do. Hopefully, we can stay in the team and at championship level.

“We will come out next year and see how the horses are. You don’t really find out until you bring them back in and start the work again. Touch wood, hopefully everything will be all good.

“He is a great jumper and getting stronger and stronger in the dressage. He’s great on the course, very focused, and if you point him in the right direction he is pretty willing, as everyone saw at the World Games.”

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