12 June 2012
It was announced yesterday that MacWet lover, and the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips was chosen as the fifth and final rider in the Olympic GB Team after finishing in third place at Branham International last weekend on horse, High Kingdom. She joins William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook to make up the strong GB team!
Zara won the world title in 2006 but missed out on selection for both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics because of injuries to her world winning horse, Toytown, who she rode in the torch relay event last month. She will follow in the footsteps of her mother, Princess Anne, who rode at the 1976 Montreal Games and father Mark Phillips, a team gold medallist four years earlier in Munich and a silver medallist in 1988.
"It's awesome to be given this opportunity. I am really excited and can't wait to kick on and get him there. Hopefully, we will make it this time," said Phillips.
"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."
MacWet extends their congratulations to Zara Phillips on making the Olympic team and wishes her all the best for the upcoming games!