Zara Tindall took a nasty spill from her horse during a weekend competition.
The Queen’s granddaughter was riding her horse Class Affair during a jump showing event at the Burghley Horse Trials on Saturday when she fell from the animal, landing on her side.
Luckily, Zara was wearing an air vest that inflated when she fell from her horse (it functions much like an emergency stop on a treadmill, deploying when the lanyard detaches). She was able to get up and walk away from the accident on her own.
Nearby, her family was cheering her on. Husband Mike Tindall kept their two daughters — 5-year-old Mia and 1-year-old Lena — occupied, even doing acrobatic tricks by lifting up Mia while laying on his back.
Zara, an equestrian who medaled at the 2012 Olympics, returned to competitive riding just two months after welcoming second daughter Lena — much earlier than she did following the birth of her first child.
“The first time around my body was in so much shock,” she said in a promotional video for sponsor Land Rover. “It was like, ‘What the hell have you done to me?’ “
Her role will be as a non-executive director, which will see her help the chairman and executive in operating the racecourse. The former Olympic medallist will begin her new job in the New year, from the January 1. Princess Anne’s daughter is a passionate horse lover and talented rider, who competed in the London Olympics in 2012, winning a silver medal in team eventing.
She was given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch at Cheltenham Racecourse while riding her horse, Toytown, ahead of the London games.
Zara also won a gold medal in the 2006 eventing world championships in Germany.
Since her retirement from competitive horse riding, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter has gone on to breed and train several racehorses, as well as regularly attending race meetings at Cheltenham.
In a statement on The Jockey Club's official website Zara, 38, said: "I'm passionate about horseracing, particularly on the Jumps side, and the absolute pinnacle of that is Cheltenham.
“Racing is simply the most exciting sport and it's open to all. It's an honour to have been asked by Martin St Quinton on behalf of The Jockey Club to get involved in a more formal capacity and I look forward to doing my bit to support the executive team in the years to come."
Zara Tindall is shining a light on an important cause as she rings in her 39th birthday while in lockdown in the U.K.
Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, who celebrates her birthday on Friday, and her rugby star husband Mike Tindall, 41, are saying a big, colorful "thank you" to medics battling the coronavirus pandemic. The couple wore matching rainbow T-shirts carrying the message on the doorstep of their Gatcombe Park home in Gloucestershire on Thursday night, as part of the U.K.'s weekly "Clap for Carers" initiative.
The public show of support is just the latest charity initiative from the couple, who are currently self-isolating with daughters Mia, 6, and Lena, 1.
The $25 tee has been created by ethical shopping site Kindred to raise money for the U.K.’s National Health Service through the fundraiser NHS Charities Together. The rainbow symbol has particular significance in the U.K., as millions of schoolchildren have placed similar drawings in their windows as a show of support for the medics. (2-year-old Prince Louis showed his support with his own rainbow finger painting!)