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Pregnant Zara Phillips cancels horse-riding competitions until next year

Pregnant Zara Phillips has announced she will not take part in any horse-riding competitions now until after her first child is born.

Last week, Zara confirmed she was expecting her first child with husband Mike Tindall and initially said she would continue riding for the foreseeable future, however now the Queen’s granddaughter has announced plans to pull out of competitive riding until next year after qualifying for the events to take place in 2014.


Zara Phillips is to take time out from competitive riding due to her pregnancy.

“The fact is that all of Zara’s horses have now qualified for the events she wishes to enter them for next year,” a spokesman for the royal revealed.

“She has done so well already this season, she does not actually need to compete any more.”

The spokesman also revealed that the daughter of Princess Anne’s pregnancy had been considered in her decision.

“Given that she is pregnant, she has decided to cancel the rest of her entries for the year.”

Although the spokesman was quick to stress there was no medical issues surrounding mum-to-be adding Zara’s pregnancy was continuing “happily and healthily.”

Last week, Zara and Mike announced they were expecting their first child.

“Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the New Year,” a statement released by Buckingham Palace confirmed.

The sportive couple married in 2011, just months after the wedding of cousin Prince William to the Duchess of Cambridge, in a ceremony in Scotland. The modest nuptials, held at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, was attended by the Royal Family and crowds gathered outside the church hoping to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds.

The bride dazzled in a white Stewart Parvin dress waving to the crowds who had waited hours to see the wedding party arrive.

Last year Mike revealed his desire to start a family with his wife. “Obviously we’re going to have a family. But it’s about timing,” the rugby player said speaking at the launch of his Rugby for Heroes charity launch.
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