Zara Tindall was born on 15 May 1981 in London and is the only daughter of Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
Following a successful career in young riders, Zara really established herself at senior level in 2003 by finishing second at Burghley three day event with Toytown. It was a remarkable display from the then 22 year old in her first attempt at four-star level.
Following that performance, Zara was long listed for Athens in 2004 but her hopes of emulating her parents by competing with the British event team at an Olympic Games were dashed by an injury to Toytown that ruled him out for the rest of the year.
In June 2005, Zara put that disappointment behind her with a great performance at the newly upgraded four star event in Luhmuhlen. She finished second and gained selection for the European Championships at Blenheim in September. Showing composure beyond her years, Zara rode into history by taking two gold medals on her senior debut (individual and team), exceeding the achievement of her mother, who won the individual title at the European Championships in 1971.
In 2006, Zara achieved her greatest result to date by winning Individual Gold and Team Silver at the World Equestrian Games, Aachen 2006 where she rode Toytown.
Following her gold medal at the World Equestrian Games Zara was awarded the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the year.
Zara was selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Toytown but for the for the second time was denied the chance to compete through an injury to Toytown. Zara spent the next four years working towards London 2012 and at the start of the 2012 season won at Tweseldown, securing six top five finishes at Gatcombe, Burnham and Bramham. In June she was announced as a member of the British Equestrian Team for the London 2012 Olympics Games, joining riders William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson. Despite being the youngest rider on the team, Zara showed great strength under enormous pressure with a solid dressage display and a flawless performance in the cross country round. With strong showings from Zara and her fellow riders in the final show jumping round, the team rose to the occasion, winning a well earned silver medal.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Sported team who are helping to deliver such a powerful and lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics. I firmly believe that every young person in the UK should have the opportunity to be involved in sport and I am looking forward to doing what I can to help make this a reality.”
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