EXCLUSIVE: Zara gets Olympic nod for Team GB equestrian team
18:08 GMT, 11 June 2012
Going to the Games: Zara Phillips will be selected to compete at the London Olympics
Zara Phillips has won her dream Olympic selection and will compete at London 2012.
Sportsmail understands that the Queen’s granddaughter will be named in the British equestrian team on High Kingdom.
The 31-year-old agonisingly missed out on selection in 2004 and 2008 when her last horse, Toytown, was injured but she impressed in the final selection event – Bramham Horse Trials last weekend, when she beat all her rivals for the last of five Olympic places up for grabs.
The news, confirmed by an equestrian source, means she will follow in a family tradition of Olympic equestrians. Her mother Princess Anne took part in the 1976 Games, falling hard in the cross country, and her father, Captain Mark Phillips, won a gold in 1972 and silver in 1988.
Her selection comes after her hopes appeared to have disappeared as a result of Toytown’s injuries, but her partnership with High Kingdom has blossomed in the last year. She rates him as a better show jumper than Toytown.
BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel said: ‘I cannot comment on who has been selected until the team is officially announced later this week.’