Royal touch to equestrian

Royal touch to equestrian

Zara Phillips, grand-daughter of Queen Elizabeth, will follow in her parents' footsteps in competing as an Olympic athlete after being chosen for Britain's equestrian eventing team at the London Games.

The British Equestrian Federation said in a statement on Monday that Phillips was one of five riders formally nominated to the British Olympic Association, of which her mother Princess Anne is president.

The nominations must be reviewed and ratified by the BOA before the athletes are selected for Team GB.

Phillips, 31, will be riding High Kingdom in her first Olympics after missing out on Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 when her horse Toytown suffered injuries before those competitions.

"It's awesome to be given this opportunity, I'm really excited and can't wait to kick on and get him there," Phillips, who is married to former England rugby player Mike Tindall, was quoted as saying.

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