EVENTING: Zara Phillips named in GB team for World Equestrian Games
ZARA PHILLIPS has been chosen to represent Team GB in the eventing competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games which takes place in Normandy, France from August 28-31.
Phillips, who will partner her top horse High Kingdom (nickname Trev), will be reunited with two other members of the London Olympic silver medal-winning team – Tina Cook (De Novo News) and William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning).
The squad is completed by Pippa Funnell (45) from Dorking, Surrey aboard Billy Beware; Izzy Taylor (31) from Banbury, Oxfordshire riding Allercombe Ellie and Oliver Townend (31) from Ellesmere, Shropshire on Black Tie II.
Harry Meade, from Luckington, who made an astonishing comeback from breaking both elbows to finish third at the recent Badminton Horse Trials, is on the reserve list.
Phillips said: “Obviously I’m really excited; it’s fantastic to be part of a team again.
"We’ve got a bit of work still to do to get back to where we were last year but will have a few more outings to make sure we are right on target with our preparation, but it’s great to be back.
"It’s always that extra bit special with every nation being involved. I hope we can produce a good result for the team and the country.
“High Kingdom has improved each year and every time I’ve taken him to a big competition he’s got better and better. He’s felt good this year and hopefully will peak at the right time.
"None of us can do it without our owners and Trevor Hemmings has been with me a long time; he’s been a huge part of the yard for such a long time and I’m glad we’ve found such a good horse for him.”
Chef de Mission, Will Connell said: “The 2014 World Equestrian Games represents the first of only two opportunities for GBR to qualify a team by right for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Achieving this qualification is the primary objective of the selection policy and we head to WEG with the expertise and talent to achieve this.
"The team has medal-winning experience and benefits from the valuable support of Lottery funding."
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