Vets conferred briefly before passing
It was a bit of a nail-biter Friday as Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, trotted her horse before a panel of judges and a veterinarian for a pre-competition equine fitness test Friday.
The 31-year-old Phillips, who is on the British eventing team, had to run High Kingdom down the track twice after the vet wanted another look. Only a few other horses had to do the same.
High Kingdom had been a bit frisky, and on the second run Phillips glared at photographers who were shooting him as he rounded the turn.
After a seemingly unending half-minute huddle, vet and judges pronounced High Kingdom ''accepted.''
The collective sigh of relief was released and applause rang out from the stands.