Royal seal of approval for Hopetoun

Showjumpoing at Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Town & County Fair
Showjumpoing at Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Town & County Fair

Zara Phillips has given the Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials a royal seal of approval with three entries for the international competition from June 27-29.

The first and only royal to win an Olympic silver medal, Zara will be competing Black Tuxedo in the three-star class with her other two horses Masterlux and Mr Murt taking part in the two-star three-day event.

This means Zara will be riding on Friday, Saturday and Sunday taking part in the dressage, cross-country and show jumping phases respectively.

Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials event director Stuart Buntine welcomed the news Zara was Queensferry-bound.

“We are delighted to welcome Zara to compete at Hopetoun for the first time,” he said.

”She did cause a stir at the inaugural Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun International in 2011 as she was getting married in Edinburgh on the same day and lots of her friends were jumping off their 
horses and making for the church.

‘‘This time spectators will get a great opportunity to see her competing in top hat and tails on Friday for dressage 
followed by the action-packed cross-country on Saturday and the show-jumping phase on the West Lawn on Sunday.”

Having taken an eight-month break for the birth of her daughter Mia, Zara, who was the 2006 world champion, has revealed she now has her sights set on her own gold medal in Rio.

It has not been revealed whether baby Mia and husband Mike Tindall will be visiting Hopetoun with Zara.