Thursday, August 30, 2012
zara phillips, olympic royal.
zara phillips is an excellent olympic equestrian . . .
& queen elizabeth's eldest granddaughter.
so all british eyes — including her cousins', princes william & harry —
were on 31yo phillips & her 10yo horse high kingdom
during the three-day team eventing competition at the london games.
& the gasps were heard 'round the british isles
when phillips' horse clipped a fence during the showjumping section,
docking her seven points & narrowly losing her team the gold.
but team gb rallied to earn the silver,
& phillips finished third-strongest of the five-member team,
& ranked eighth overall.
phillips comes by her "horse sense" honestly — her mother, princess anne,
competed in the same equestrian event during the 1976 montreal olympics,
& her father, mark phillips, won equestrian team gold at the 1972 munich games.
it was zara's first olympics — she missed the past two games
due to injury of her now-retired horse, toytown
[she did ride toytown earlier this year while toting
the olympic torch at cheltenham racecourse].
& it was princess anne who presented her only daughter
with her first olympic medal — a silver. bob's your uncle, zara!!