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Zara Phillips equestrian interview

We interviewed MUSTO ambassador Zara Phillips earlier this year for our equestrian catalogue:

‘What does the life of an international equestrian involve?  Lie-ins, luxury travel and hotel suites?  Think again…’

What’s in your kit bag? Breeches, Gatehouse HSI Jockey Skull, Helmet, Ariat Boots, Point 2 Air Jacket, Racesafe Body Protector, Musto Show Jacket, GB Team Show Jacket, Lucozade/Water

What are your essentials for an event? Apart from the kit, I try to make sure I’ve got enough clothes to cover every eventuality.

What do you think is the most important piece of equipment you use? There are a few items which are pretty essential when you’re competing, but none are more important than my helmet.

How do you travel to events? In the horsebox.

Do you drive? Yes. It’s a very hands on existence. Some people might have the impression that a lot of the day-to-day things are taken care of, as it were, but I can assure them that’s not the case.

Do you travel with anyone? I always travel with one of the girls from the yard. There’s a lot of preparation work for competition – more work than one person can realistically do.

Where do you stay? In the horsebox.

Not at a hotel then? No.

How would you describe the camaraderie between competitors? Good, we are all on the same circuit but competing against each other.

What is your favourite bit of preparation for an event that helps to get the adrenaline pumping? When you’re walking the course the adrenaline kicks in.

How nervous do you get before a discipline? Not too nervous – it’s a nervous excitement! I guess it’s just getting the adrenaline going.

Do you prefer to be alone, or with people, at that time? I don’t mind other people being around but I make sure I have a bit of time to myself to concentrate and run through things in my head.

Do you have a few drinks with mates of an evening? You might have an evening early in the week before the competition actually starts.

What do you mean by ‘an evening’? You don’t really need me to answer that, do you…….

What are your tips for anyone attending an event for the first time as a spectator? To get the full story, make sure you watch all three phases. Catching one or two is like leaving a rugby or football match at half-time.

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