Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Zara Tindall

Great Britain
  • 57 - High Kingdom

Biography

British rider Zara Tindall (34) who is based in Gloucestershire, was a member of the two British teams that won silver at the 2014 WEG and the 2012 London Olympic Games where she was 8th (High Kingdom) individually. She last competed at Badminton in 2013, with High Kingdom, who made a return to competition in March after sustaining injury last April (2015) shortly after arriving in Lexington, Kentucky and was unable to compete there.

Aged just 22-years-old Zara, a former Under-25 National Champion, made her mark at senior level in 2003 when coming second at Burghley on her four-star debut (Toytown). Following that performance Zara, the daughter of The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, was long-listed for the Olympic Games in Athens but was unable to compete due to injury to Toytown. The following year (2005) the combination was second at Luhmuhlen and selected for the European Championships at Blenheim where Zara made her senior team debut. She subsequently won team and individual gold emulating the success of her mother (European Champion 1971). The following year Zara and Toytown won the World Championship title at Aachen and added team silver to their medal haul. In 2006 she was awarded an MBE and was BBC Sport Personality of the Year.

She sprang back to the top of international eventing with an impressive performance at Burghley in 2011 (10th) with High Kingdom.

In 2011 she married International Rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh – Mike acquired 75 caps playing for England. The couple has a daughter Mia (2). Outside of eventing Zara is keen on cooking, interior design and travel.

High Kingdom, owned by Trevor Hemmings and Gleadhill Stud, is a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse. He was bred by international coach and author William Micklem FBHS and was bought from him in 2007. High Kingdom is by the thoroughbred Master Imp out of a thoroughbred mare High Dolly a former point-to-pointer by Chair Lift XX. He is the full brother to Mandiba who was ridden at the 2008 Olympic Games by Karen O’Connor (USA); the pair also has a stallion full brother, Jackaroo, in Ireland.

Owner Trevor Hemmings has enjoyed much success in National Hunt racing as the owner of three Grand National winners; Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015).

Horses

High Kingdom

ISH, Ireland, 2001
16.1hh, bay, gelding

Sire Master Imp

Dam High Dolly (Imperius)

Breeder William Micklem

Owner(s): Trevor Hemmings & Gleadhill House Stud Ltd. Chorley, Lancs.

Notable Results

2014 – Caen WEG 10th High Kingdom (team silver)
2014 – Aachen CICO3* 25th High Kingdom
2014 – Hopetoun CIC3* 6th High Kingdom
2014 – Bramham CIC3* 12th High Kingdom
2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 2nd High Kingdom
2013 – Chatsworth CIC3* 3rd High Kingdom
2013 – Burnham Market CIC3* 8th High Kingdom, 23rd Lord Lauries
2012 – Blenheim CIC3* 40th Black Tuxedo
2012 – London OG 8th High Kingdom (Team silver)
2012 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 5th High Kingdom
2012 – Bramham CIC3* 3rd High Kingdom
2012 – Burnham Market CIC3* 5th High Kingdom
2011 – Ballindenisk CIC3* 1st Lord Lauries
2011 – Burghley CCI4* 10th High Kingdom
2010 – Blenheim CIC3* 7th High Kingdom
2009 – Burghley CCI4 22nd (Glenbuck)
2008 – Burgie CCI2* 1st (Secret Legacy)
2007 – EU-CH-3*Pratoni 6th (Toytown), team gold
2007 – Burghley CCI4* 24th (Ardfield Magic Star)
2006 – Aachen WEG 1st (Toytown) individual gold & team silver
2005 – Eu-Ch-3* Blenheim 1st (Toytown) individual and team gold
2005 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 2nd (Toytown)
2003 – Burghley CCI4* 2nd (Toytown)
2003 – Luhmuhlen CCI3* 5th (Toytown)
2002 – Eu-Ch-YR2* 2nd (Toytown)
2002 – Bramham CCI3* U25 1st (Toytown)

Badminton

2013 – Ret High Kingdom
2010 – 48th Glenbuck
2008 – 16th Glenbuck& 19th Ardfield Magic Star