Zara Phillips has made an impressive return to major competition – despite having “a bit of a lazy horse”.
The Olympic medal-winner, who is the Queen’s granddaughter, gave Britain a flying start at the World Equestrian Games in France as they looked to pin down a team medal, going clear with High Kingdom for 11th place individually.
Great Britain took team silver behind Germany.
Phillips reflected positively on her return to British team colours following the birth of her daughter Mia earlier this year.
“I was so excited getting back in the team, and it is good the horse could prove what he can do. He did it,” she said.
“He can be a bit of a lazy horse – he doesn’t really get out of bed for too much – but he has been in a big atmosphere before at London (2012), which I think is something that we all strive for.”
Phillips was crowned world eventing champion in Germany in 2006 and won team silver at London 2012 alongside Tina Cook and William Fox-Pitt, where she was presented with her medal by her mother, the Princess Royal.
The sportswoman, who is married to rugby player Mike Tindall, gave birth to Mia, her first child, in January.