Profile: Zara Tindall
- Published: 28/11/2016
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Date of Birth: 15/05/1981
Birthplace: London, England
Residence: Stroud, England
Career: 2003 – Present
Zara Tindall MBE (née Phillips) is a British equestrian and daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. She is Queen Elizabeth II’s second-eldest grandchild.
She began riding at age three on a Shetland pony called Smoky. He was used by various family members and liked to buck the rider off! As the royal family are keen equestrians, it should come as no surprise that both of her parents were Olympic medallists in eventing. 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.
At school Tindall excelled at many sporting activities, representing her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics. She was also successful academically and continued her studies at University of Exeter and qualified as a physiotherapist.
She announced in 2003, that she had secured a sponsorship deal with Cantor Index, a leading company in spread betting, to help cover the costs of her equestrian career. Later that year, aged 22, she finished runner up at Burghley Horse Trials in her first four-star event.
Riding her horse Toytown, Tindall collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim. She also took home individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Despite winning team gold at the 2007 European Eventing Championships in Italy, she failed to defend her individual title after a problem in the show-jumping phase of the competition.
Zara and Toytown competed as part of the British equestrian team at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 in Hong Kong. Sadly, an injury sustained by Toytown during training led to her being forced to withdraw from the team. Zara previously missed the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, when Toytown suffered a similar injury during training.
On 25 October 2008, Tindall fell from her horse, Tsunami II, at the 15th fence of a cross-country event at Pau, France. She broke her right collarbone. The horse broke its neck after it had tipped over the hedge and was put down.
In 2011 she married International Rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh in a low key wedding, and the couple now have a child, Mia.
On 11 June 2012, Zara was announced as being a part of the British Equestrian team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. And as part of the run up to the games, she carried an Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse on her horse Toytown. She competed in the 2012 Olympics on High Kingdom, where she won silver in the team eventing. Her medal was presented by her mother, Princess Anne. Tindall finished second at Luhmühlen Horse Trials 2013, on her top horse High Kingdom. At the World Equestrian Games in 2014, Zara and High Kingdom were part of the British team that won team silver.
In March 2016, Zara competed for the first time as Zara Tindall when she unsuccessfully attempted to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Away from horses, Zara is keen on cooking, interior design and travel.
MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)in the 2007 New Year Honours List.
2005 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.
2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
She is currently 16th in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II.
Tindall supports many charitable causes – a royal tradition.
She designed a clothing range for Musto Outdoor Clothing in 2009.