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Sport Eventing, Jumping
NOC Great Britain   
Born15 May 1981 in London, ENG
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Minchinhampton, ENG
Higher education Equine Science, Physiotherapy - University of Exeter: England
General Interest
Injuries She broke her collarbone in 2008 after falling from her horse Tsunami II. The animal had to be euthanised after the accident. (, 11 Apr 2011)

In June 2007 at the Bramham International Horse Trials in England, she landed face first on the ground after her horse stumbled over a cross-country fence. She was able to walk away from the fall, but withdrew from the equestrian jumping phase of the competition the following day. (, 10 Jun 2007)
Other sports She has been a member of Cheltenham Ladies Hockey Club in England. (, 03 Mar 2011)
Famous relatives She is a member of the British Royal Family. She is the granddaughter of the Queen of England, her mother is the Princess Royal, and Prince Charles is her uncle. Her mother Anne competed in eventing at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Her father Mark was a team gold medallist in eventing at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and won silver at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Her husband Mike Tindall was a member of the English rugby union side that won the 2003 World Cup in Australia. (, 11 Jun 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? Her parents were both Olympic medallists in eventing. "I remember always being around horses. It was great fun. You get this passed down through the family and that's where it came from. Horses mean everything to me."
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2007 she was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in recognition of her sporting achievements. (, 28 Aug 2012)

She won the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. (, 2007)

She was named the 2005 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year. (, 20 Nov 2005)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began riding at age three on a Shetland pony called Smoky. "I think he went around the family and used to buck us off."
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph." (, 05 Sep 2014)
Other information HORSE PASSES AWAY
Toytown, the horse she won individual gold and team silver with at the 2006 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Aachen, Germany, died in June 2017. The horse had retired from competition in 2011. "I'm heartbroken to say goodbye to my greatest friend and horse of a lifetime, Toytown. He was the most incredible athlete with the biggest heart. He made my career and I couldn't be more grateful to him for the amazing times we had together. He was a huge part of my family, an amazing animal and a true champion. I will miss you forever." (, 28 Jun 2017)

In 2008 her horse Toytown sustained an injury during training, forcing her to withdraw from the British team for the Olympic Games in Beijing. This was a repeat of the 2004 Games in Athens, when she also had to drop out due to an injury to her horse. Her 2016 Olympic Games hope High Kingdom, with whom she won team silver at the 2012 Games in London, missed the 2015 European Championships in Blair Castle, Scotland, after damaging a joint capsule in his stable. Fitness concerns over the horse meant she missed out on selection for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 21 Jun 2016;, 17 May 2015;, 11 Apr 2011)

She believes her sporting successes have helped her deal with the pressures of being a member of the British Royal Family. "The press actually have something to write about now. Before I did feel pressurised by it. The thing is you're supposed to play this role because you're from this family, it's weird. If you are just behaving normally that is seen as wrong, or not behaving as you should do." (, 10 Oct 2007;, 22 Apr 2007)
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Other names Zara Phillips
Last Update
  31 Dec 2021
General Interest
Hero / Idol British equestrian jumper Pat Smythe. (, 24 Oct 2018)
Nicknames Z (, 09 Dec 2020)
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) HIGH KINGDOM 8 2
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) TOYTOWN 1 2
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2007 CH-EU-C3* Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) TOYTOWN 6 1
2005 CH-EU-C3* Blenheim (GBR) TOYTOWN 1 1
2002 CH-EU-Y-C2* Wiendorf Dienslhof (AUT) TOYTOWN 2  
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) HIGH KINGDOM 2  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) HIGH KINGDOM RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) HIGH KINGDOM 10  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) GLENBUCK 48  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) GLENBUCK 22  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) TOYTOWN RET  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) GLENBUCK 16  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) ARDFIELD MAGIC STAR 19  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) GLENBUCK RET  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) ARDFIELD MAGIC STAR 24  
2007 CCI4* Pau (FRA) RED BARON RET  
2007 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) TOYTOWN WD  
2005 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER) TOYTOWN 2  
2003 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) TOYTOWN 2  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   MR MURT XX RET  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CIC3* Hopetoun (GBR)   HIGH KINGDOM 6  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CCI2* Hopetoun (GBR)   CG MASTER LUX 7  
26.06.2014 to 29.06.2014 CCI2* Hopetoun (GBR)   MR MURT XX RET  
13.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   MR MURT XX 14  
13.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   CG MASTER LUX RET  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CIC3* Bramham (GBR)   HIGH KINGDOM 12  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CIC3* Bramham (GBR)   BLACK TUXEDO EL  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC2* Brightling Park (GBR)   MR MURT XX 29  
13.07.2013 to 14.07.2013 CIC2* Brightling Park (GBR)   CG MASTER LUX 35  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   MR MURT XX EL  
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   HIGH KINGDOM 2  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   BLACK TUXEDO 23  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   LORD LAURIES EL  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CICO3* Houghton Hall (GBR)   LORD LAURIES 8  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI1* Houghton Hall (GBR)   MR MURT XX 16  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   HIGH KINGDOM 3  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   MR MURT XX 20  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   HIGH KINGDOM RET  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC2* Ballindenisk (IRL)   EASY TIGER 6  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC3* Ballindenisk (IRL)   LORD LAURIES 15  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC3* Ballindenisk (IRL)   SILVER LINING V WD  
12.04.2013 to 14.04.2013 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   BLACK TUXEDO 36  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   HIGH KINGDOM 8  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   LORD LAURIES 23  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   HIGH KINGDOM   2
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal

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