Zara Phillips set to get back in the saddle after birth of daughter

Zara Phillips on her horse High Kingdom at Gatcombe Park estate this week, ahead of her return to eventing

Zara Phillips on her horse High Kingdom at Gatcombe Park estate this week, ahead of her return to eventing

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ZARA Phillips is getting back in the saddle as she prepares for her return to competition this weekend.

The Queen’s granddaughter will compete at the SYMM International Horse Trials, marking her eventing comeback after giving birth to her daughter, Mia, in January.

The 32-year-old, who lives on her mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate near Minchinhampton, has four horses entered at the Oxfordshire event.

High Kingdom, who she is pictured riding at Gatcombe Park on Tuesday, and Black Tuxedo will compete in the open intermediate class, while CG Master Lux and Mr Murt are entered in the open novice challenges.

Zara rode High Kingdom at the London Olympics in 2012 where, along with William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson, she helped Great Britain’s eventing team win a silver medal.

The Royal has now got her sights set on a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She recently helped to train Monbeg Dude, which is part-owned by husband Mike Tindall, ahead of its seventh-placed finish in this year’s Grand National.

The SYMM International Horse Trials take place in Henley-on-Thames on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.

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