Zara Tindall reveals why she is ‘so lucky’ during coronavirus lockdown

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ZARA TINDALL has revealed why she is “so lucky” during the coronavirus lockdown.

The equestrian, 39, lives on the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire with Mike Tindall, 41, and daughters Mia, six, and Lena, one. In a royal special edition of Horse & Hound magazine, Zara admitted she is lucky to have her horses with her in the lockdown.

She said: “Those of us who have been able to spend time with our horses during lockdown are so lucky – a lot of people haven’t and that’s incredibly tough for them.”

The silver Olympic medal-winning equestrian also described how riding for her country is what “dreams are made of”.

Zara said: “I love riding for my country; those have been the best experiences of my career.

“To get your horse to that level is what it’s all about and what we all strive for.

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Zara Tindall has revealed why she is “so lucky” during the coronavirus lockdown (Image: GETTY)

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The equestrian lives on the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire with Mike Tindall and daughters Mia and Lena (Image: GETTY)

“I love the big occasion because I love the pressure – sitting on a horse that you know is good enough, you are fully prepared, riding for your country, it’s what your dreams are made of.”

And Zara spoke about not being able to compete at Badminton which was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

She said: “Having horses like Class Affair and Watkins to aim at Badminton was exciting and gave everything a focus; now those goals aren’t there, it’s quite weird and you have to deal with the disappointment.”

Zara’s mother Princess Anne, 69, was also an Olympic equestrian.

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In a royal special edition of Horse & Hound magazine, Zara admitted she is lucky to have her horses with her in the lockdown (Image: PA)

And the Queen is known for her love of horses.

The 94-year-old was pictured riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she is spending the coronavirus lockdown, last month.

The Queen wore a headscarf with a tweed jacket, cream jodhpurs, ankle boots and white gloves.

She was riding a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern.

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The silver Olympic medal-winning equestrian also described how riding for her country is what “dreams are made of” (Image: PA)

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The Queen was pictured riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle last month (Image: PA)

It was the Queen’s first public appearance since the lockdown began.

Royal expert Hugo Vickers said the country needs to see the monarch from time to time during the pandemic.

He told The Telegraph: “It was remarkable to see her looking so well.

“Her daily riding is her main exercise, though she also walks her dogs.

“I think the nation needs reminders that the Queen is fit and well during these strange times.”

The last public picture of the Queen was taken as she was driven away from Buckingham Palace to Windsor on March 19.

She has made two televised addresses to the nation during the coronavirus crisis.

The Queen is spending the lockdown at her Berkshire residence with Prince Philip, who celebrated his 99th birthday on Wednesday, and a reduced household of around 20 staff.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK