Zara Tindall beams at Cornbury International Horse Trials

Ready to ride! Zara Tindall can’t contain her smiles as she takes to the saddle at Cornbury International Horse Trials – six months after giving birth to her son Lucas

  • Zara Tindall, 40, beamed while competing in Cornbury International horse trials
  • The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, 39, sported a double breasted navy tailcoat
  • Royal took part in dressage, show jumping and cross country events at trials 

Zara Tindall couldn’t contain her smiles today while riding at the Cornbury International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, 40, who welcomed son Lucas on March 21st, sported a double breasted navy tailcoat with white riding slacks and black boots which she paired with a black helmet as she sat horseback.

The royal, who won a Silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, competed in a dressage test, as well as a cross country section.

Princess Anne’s daughter, who is married to former rugby player Mike Tindall, 42, has been putting family first in the last year, looking after her two daughters Mia Grace, seven and Lena Elizabeth, three, as well as newborn Lucas.

Zara Tindall, 40, couldn’t contain her smiles today while riding at the Cornbury International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire

The royal, who won a Silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, competed in a dressage test, as well as a cross country section

Zara, a mother-of-three, looked relaxed and cheerful as she rode and could be seen beaming as she took to the saddle for the trials. 

Sticking to a regal look, the daughter of Princess Anne wore minimal make-up, and tied her long blonde hair up under her helmet and hat.

The former Equestrian World Champion looked at home atop her stunning black and white horse, called Classicals Euro Star, before riding atop another mare called Showtime.

While Zara competed this morning, her score and position in the tournament is yet to be revealed. 

Zara, a mother-of-three, looked relaxed and cheerful as she rode and could be seen beaming as she took to the saddle for the trials

Since the arrival of her third child, Zara has been spotted on low-key family outings.

Last year, Zara described how riding for her country is what ‘dreams are made of’ and how she is lucky to have her horses with her in lockdown.

The silver Olympic medal-winning equestrian lives on her mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

She told a royal special edition of Horse & Hound magazine that she enjoys the pressure of competing.


While Zara competed in dressage and cross country this morning, her score and position in the tournament is yet to be revealed

She said: ‘I love riding for my country; those have been the best experiences of my career, to get your horse to that level is what it’s all about, and what we all strive for,’ she said at the time.

‘I love the big occasion because I love the pressure – sitting on a horse that you know is good enough, you are fully prepared, riding for your country, it’s what your dreams are made of.’

Zara won a team silver at the London 2012 and was presented with her medal by her mother the Princess Royal.

She was crowned world eventing champion in Germany in 2006 – which led to the British public voting her BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The former Equestrian World Champion looked at home atop her stunning black and white horse, called Classicals Euro Star (pictured) 

The royal also spoke of not being able to compete at Badminton Horse Trials last year due to it being cancelled because of the pandemic.

‘Having horses like Class Affair and Watkins to aim at Badminton was exciting and gave everything a focus; now those goals aren’t there, it’s quite weird and you have to deal with the disappointment,’ she said.

But she added that she’s ‘so lucky’ to have been able to spend time with her horses during lockdown, and that it’s been ‘incredibly tough’ for those who haven’t had that luxury. 

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