Monday, August 8, 2011

Zara Phillips Retires World Championship Mount

Newlywed Zara Phillips (daughter of Princess Ann and equestrian Mark Phillips) retired her "once in a lifetime" horse Toytown known as "Noddy" or "Ginger" at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, in Stroud. 

The 18-year old chestnut gelding was Zara's mount when she won an individual and team gold at the 2005 European Championships and won the world title the following year.  His final appearance for the UK was at the 2007 European Championships in Italy where they finished sixth individually, helping to secure another team gold.

Toytown was spotted as a seve-year old by Tara's father, Mark Phillips and was purchased a few years later. 

Zara recently married English rugby player Mike Tindall.

The family came out to show their support. Pictured below are Zara's brother and sister-in-law, her new husband, her mother Princess Ann and father Mark Phillips.  Notice the Dubarry boots?

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