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Last Updated: Saturday December 16 2006 09:22 GMT

Award-winner Zara chats to Sportsround

Zara on Toytown

Horse-riding star Zara Phillips has just been named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Zara - whose grandmother is the Queen - has galloped to victory on her horse Toytown in many events.

Sportsround talked to Zara about her sporting success.


What was it like winning Sports Personality of the Year?

Zara
It was a big shock. I wasn't expecting it. It was great to be with all those amazing sports people.

Other sports are more watched than ours. Hopefully, after Sports Personality, people might take a bit more notice of the minority sports.

How do you get along with your horse Toytown?

Zara Phillips
Born July 27, 1981
Bought Toytown, then aged seven, in 1999
Finishes second at the Burghley Horse Trials in 2003
Missed 2004 Olympics after leg injury to Toytown
Wins individual and team gold at the 2005 European Eventing Championships
Wins individual gold at the 2006 World Equestrian Games
The relationship we have is similar to that you'd have with a person or a dog. You always build up the relationship.

It's a partnership. - and he always gets rewards if he does well!

We have other horses at home, hopefully coming on behind him. We're got other horses coming through. I work with other horses as well.

What do your family think of you winning sports personality?

They are really proud. My dad was at the ceremony and my mum was at home. I haven't seen the trophy since the night - I think I get a replica!

How long does it take you to get ready for competition?

Not too long. You have to clean your boots, but otherwise it doesn't take too long. You have to make sure you look presentable.



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