Zara Nominated for British Olympic Team

After finishing third in last week’s Bramham International Horse-Trials,  the British Equestrian Federation announced today that Zara Phillips has been nominated to participate in the 2012 London Olympics.

Her selection will now be reviewed and ratified by the British Olympic Association.

Zara and her horse High Kingdom during last week’s trials.

With this nomination, Zara follows in the footsteps of parents, both of whom have participated in previous Olympic games. Her mother, Princess Anne, represented Britain at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, while her father, Captain Mark Phillips, won team gold at the 1972 Munich Games and a silver medal in Seoul in 1988.

Zara missed out on selection in 2004 and 2008 due to injuries to her horse, Toytown.

An excited Zara said, “It’s awesome to be given this opportunity, I’m really excited and can’t wait to kick on and get him there.”

“High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy. I was really happy with him at Bramham as he’d 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.”

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