Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, helped strengthen the country’s team in the 2012 London Olympics for equestrian branch. Phillips grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and her mother, Princess Anne, was in the VIP seats at Greenwich Park as Phillips competed in the eventing dressage competition.
He scored 48.10 points penalty, although some mistakes were made in the beginning. Calmly, the horse should change the order of steps from side to side, but High Kingdom did not immediately respond to cues Phillips.
Cheers and applause broke out as he entered the stadium and when he had completed each stage. Mass in the equestrian arena in Greenwich, south east London, cheered and waved flags as long as he competed.
Princess Anne, who wore a red canvas hat to protect the head from sun, watched unblinking as Phillips. He applauded after he finished the race.
Phillips said there were ‘unbelievable feeling’ because he can take part in the Olympics. “The feeling is amazing to be part of the Olympics and support the state.’m Trying to do my best for the team,” he said.
Phillips followed branch limayan riding hard. Horses and riders are expected to perform a series of choreographed movements. It takes many years of dedication and training to reach Grand Prix level in order to be sent to the Olympics.
The close relationship between horse and rider takes months, even years. Horses and riders are given marks out of ten for each movement they do. Additional value is given, among others, to speed the horse and rider position.
Succession to the throne-13 has never competed in the Olympics due to injury in 2004 and 2008. His father, Captain Mark Phillips, won Olympic gold in 1972 and silver in 1988.