Royal granddaughter Zara Phillips competed this week at the Barbury International Horse Trials after giving an interview about her Olympic dreams. Barbury is the final event before Phillips follows in her parents’ footsteps, representing Great Britain in the London Olympic Games. She finished fifth on High Kingdom, the third GB finisher behind Kitty King and Zara’s Olympic teammate Piggy French. Zara felt the horse responded well to the pressure of the dressage portion considering the arena layout and the size of the crowd. She said the event was important in preparing High Kingdom for the pressure of the Games.
During this busy week Zara gave an interview to newspaper Evening Standard about her family and her Olympic equestrian team. She said about her teammates:
“We all know each other very well, our strengths and weaknesses. We’re a really bonded team.”
When asked about her famous family the Queen’s granddaughter appeared to shy away from too much comment. She was clear that her family is more typical than one might imagine and is supportive of her sporting pursuits:
“My father’s coaching the Americans so we don’t talk to each other anymore — he’s competition. Hopefully they can come and watch and get excited. My family is like everyone else’s and I’m very lucky they are very supportive.”
Zara has finished her pre-Olympic competitions and will now mentally prepare for the pinnacle of her career, the London Games.
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