• London Olympics

Zara Phillips claims Olympic berth

ESPN staff
June 12, 2012
Zara Phillips will ride for Great Britain © PA Photos

The Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, has been named in Great Britain's eventing team for the London Olympics, describing her selection as "awesome."

Phillips has been chosen to compete alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook. Phillips' mother competed at the 1976 Montreal Games, while her father, Captain Mark Phillips, was a team gold medallist at Munich in 1972 and then won silver in Seoul 16 years later.

Phillips clinched her spot in the team after finishing third in the Bramham International CIC three-star class, posting a personal best dressage score, and then jumping clear in the showjumping and cross-country phases.

"It's awesome to be given this opportunity," Phillips said. "I am really excited and can't wait to kick on and get him there. Hopefully, we will make it this time.

"High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy. I was really happy with him at Bramham as he had 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 in Greenwich.

"High Kingdom is owned by Trevor Hemmings, who has been one of my earliest supporters. He has owned a lot of my horses and has been so supportive, I couldn't do it without him."

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