fair-winds-and-all-i-see: Happy horse, happy rider. Our London 2012 gold medalist and her amazing horse. I love the story of Charlotte and Valegro. Carl Hester is a champion, too. He took Charlotte under his wing and let her ride his horse to victory. He said he knew Valegro could win a gold medal. He knew Charlotte would be the rider to get it. She has said she owes everything to him. What a great team.

fair-winds-and-all-i-see: Happy horse, happy rider. Our London 2012 gold medalist and her amazing horse. I love the story of Charlotte and Valegro. Carl Hester is a champion, too. He took Charlotte under his wing and let her ride his horse to victory. He said he knew Valegro could win a gold medal. He knew Charlotte would be the rider to get it. She has said she owes everything to him. What a great team.

Laura Bechtolsheimer of Great Britain riding Mistral Hojris competes in the Dressage Grand Prix on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park.

Laura Bechtolsheimer of Great Britain riding Mistral Hojris competes in the Dressage Grand Prix on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park.

"This horse was in the past few years the measure of all things." He really was one in a million. Rest in peace, Hickstead.

"This horse was in the past few years the measure of all things." He really was one in a million. Rest in peace, Hickstead.

An accomplished equestrian, Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, won the individual gold at the 1971 European Eventing Championships and took a silver in 1975. The following year, she represented Great Britain in eventing at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, where she rode the Queen’s horse Goodwill. This summer, her daughter, Zara Phillips, will be a member of Great Britain’s equestrian team at the London Games.

Royal Olympians: Zara Phillips, Prince Albert II of Monaco & More (Photos)

An accomplished equestrian, Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, won the individual gold at the 1971 European Eventing Championships and took a silver in 1975. The following year, she represented Great Britain in eventing at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, where she rode the Queen’s horse Goodwill. This summer, her daughter, Zara Phillips, will be a member of Great Britain’s equestrian team at the London Games.

Zara Phillips, of Great Britain, competes with her horse High Kingdom, in the equestrian eventing dressage phase at the 2012 Summer Olympics July 29.

Zara Phillips, of Great Britain, competes with her horse High Kingdom, in the equestrian eventing dressage phase at the 2012 Summer Olympics July 29.

Carl Hester Britain win teamOlympic dressage gold

Great Britain win first ever team dressage gold at London 2012 Olympics as Team GB overtake Beijing haul

Team GB won Silver with Princess Anne presenting the medals to everyone, including her daughter Zara Phillips

Team GB won Silver with Princess Anne presenting the medals to everyone, including her daughter Zara Phillips

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