Zara Phillips has recently installed the first outdoor manege at Gatcombe Park.

The world three-day event champion chose a Martin Collins Enterprises (MCE) Ecotrack arena, like the one used at the European show jumping and dressage championships at Windsor last year.

Zara said: “My father has a Martin Collins surface and I have jumped on it many times,” said Zara. “I like the way it gives but does not move under the hoof, which gives a lot of confidence and security.

“I have heard showjumpers say that Ecotrack gives you a bit more ‘jump’ — let’s hope my horses feel the effects!

“The horses love the new manege and already I have seen a difference in their outlook, by not being hemmed in by the walls of the school.”

Glynnie Walford of Martin Collins said: “We are thrilled and very proud that Zara chose Ecotrack as the surface for her new outdoor school.

“Collaboration with an event rider of her profile and expertise means a great deal to our company.”