Zara Phillips showcased her competitive streak today while racing a miniature pony against her husband Mike Tindall.
Swapping her riding boots for running shoes, the 34-year-old champion equestrian worked up a sweat as she jogged along the sand at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast with her small white stead – and a delighted youngster – in tow.
Even though the horse was a lot smaller than the animals she usually works with, the Queen’s granddaughter ensured she was race-ready in a loose-fitting navy T-shirt, figure-hugging cream jeans and white pumps.
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Competitive streak: Equestrian champion Zara Phillips swapped her riding boots for running shoes to take part in an adorable pony race against her husband Mike Tindall at the Magic Millions
Full steam ahead: The award-winning sportswoman urged the pony to run, much to the delight of her young riding prodigy
Loved up: There appeared to be no hard feelings as Zara grabbed her husband’s face and planted a loving kiss on his cheek
Her blonde hair was pulled into an elegant low chignon and make-up was kept minimum save for a spot of brown eyeshadow.
Despite lagging behind her former England rugby star partner Mike, 37, Zara remained in good spirits and laughed throughout the adorable pony race.
A heavy downpour couldn’t even dampen spirits as the pair continued to chat to children and photographers on the beach shortly afterwards. The couple are currently in Australia for the Magic Millions Barrier.
There appeared to be no hard feelings between Zara and Mike – she was later spotted grabbing her husband’s face and planting a loving kiss on his cheek.
After the comical skit, Zara headed into the eager crowd of well-wishers to chat about her personal experience of owning horses.
High spirits: Not even the downpour could dampen Zara’s spirits – she was spotted beaming after the race
Ready, set, go!: Mike and Zara prepare to do battle, both were dressed for the occasion in loose-fitting tops, jeans and trainers
High kicks: The British royal was seen stretching her leg as she chatted to the youngsters taking part in the adorable race
Photo opportunity: Zara posed for a pictured alongside a delighted young fan and miniature brown pony
Friends: The pair reunited with Magic Millions co-owner Gerry Harvey (second from right) and his wife Katie Page-Harvey
Catching up: Mr Harvey joked to patrons about the odds of his horse Zafina winning the Magic Millions after drawing barrier 21
Fits of laufhter: Zara ggigled as she recounted the time Mike purchased a $25,000 race horse – much to her dismay
Joking around: Zara and Mike playful laughed about on stage as they addressed the Magic Millions audience
She drew the barriers alongside Mike, dressed in a light blue shirt, dark jeans and trainers, before the pair took to the podium to chat to the audience about horse ownership.
The royal burst into laughter as her husband began recounting a story about her criticism of him spending $25,000 on a horse that went on to win The Grand National, The Daily Telegraph reported.
‘You always tell this story,’ she said, before Mike added her training led the horse to victory.
Zara was reunited with Magic Millions co-owner Gerry Harvey and his wife Katie Page-Harvey and posed for group photos with the couple as the day wore on.
Mr Harvey shared a laugh with owners and trainers after his horse Zafina drew barrier 21, saying it ‘hasn’t got a chance.’
‘Why I am here and why I am doing this is an absolute joke,’ he laughed.
Presentation: Magic Millions patron Zara was accompained by her hsuband Mike for the day’s race and events
Luck of the draw: The Magic Millions Barrier Draw has a prize pool of $10 million
Posing: The couple rubbed shoulders with Australian sports broadcaster Hamish Mclachlan and Magic Millions ambassador and wife of Australian polo player Rob Archibald, Francesca Cumani
All smiles: Zara beamed as she posed for photographs with Mr Mclachlan and Ms Cumani at the event
Last year, the Magic Millions ambassador got into the saddle for an equestrian demonstration to the delight of the crowd.
However, this year she remained on solid ground and instead rubbed shoulders with other guests including sports broadcaster Hamish Mclachlan and fellow Magic Millions ambassador and wife of Australian polo player Rob Archibald, Francesca Cumani.
Zara is the only daughter of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
In 2012, she was announced as the Magic Millions Racing Woman Ambassador and has attended three events since.
The Magic Millions Barrier Draw has a prize pool of $10 million.