Olympic event rider Zara Phillips has helped launch an AW15 country range with outdoor British clothing store Musto.
The “ZP176” collection takes its name from Zara’s competition number. It features sporty-looking clothes that are made from technical fabrics to keep riders protected and comfortable in and out of the saddle.
The collection was designed alongside Musto’s country designer Louise Clinton and includes a variety of equestrian items.
The clothes are frequently field-tested by Zara, who wanted a collection that is ready to battle the British elements around the yard, but is stylish enough to wear away from the stables.
Zara said: “When I decided to launch my own country collection with Musto, it was with one primary ambition – I wanted to work on a collection that I would wear, not just one I could put my name to.”
The 2006 world champion and British Sports Personality of the Year described her favourite piece in the collection, the training jacket, as “very easy to wear, lightweight, waterproof and soft”.
She added the collection “looks fantastic”.
“Every time something new comes out it gets better and better. I’m honoured to be involved ” she said.
Zara’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are currently on hold after her London 2012 horse, High Kingdom, sustained an injury at Rolex Kentucky just moments before the pair were due to enter the dressage arena.
H&H revealed the horse kicked out in his stable and split the skin on his off hind on the outside of the pastern.
As a result Zara was forced to withdraw from competition. Zara was also unable to put High Kingdom forward for selection for the European Championships this autumn due to the injury. It is looking like she will not compete again this year.
Zara and High Kingdom are expected to return to competition in 2016.
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