Phillips named in GB squad for World Equestrian Games

19 June 2014 / 11:58

Olympic silver medallist Zara Phillips is set to return to the Great Britain fold for the first time since giving birth after being named as part of a six-strong team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Phillips, who won team eventing silver at London 2012 on High Kingdom, gave birth to her first child in January.

She was back in competitive action three months later with selectors now giving her the nod for the World Equestrian Games which run from August 23 to September 7.

The 33-year-old won individual gold and team silver at the 2006 edition of the Games in Aachen, Germany, riding Toytown and will this time bid for success on High Kingdom.

She 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, fingers crossed.

“It’s always that extra bit special with every nation being involved. Last time [WEG, 2006] was our first four star Championships, so was a totally different experience, we had a fantastic week and I hope we can produce a good result for the team and the country.”

Fellow London 2012 team event silver medallists William Fox-Pitt and Tina Cook will reunite with Phillips in the team, which is also made up of Pippa Funnell, Izzy Taylor and Oliver Townend.

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