Zara looks thrilled as she competes in a dressage event at Houghton horse trials in Norfolk

Zara Tindall looked thrilled to be back in the saddle today as she competed at the Houghton horse trials in Norfolk.

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, 38, beamed as she joined other leading riders for the prestigious event.

The accomplished royal rider was watched by crowds of onlookers as she rode her novice horse, Match My Class, in the magnificent grounds of Houghton Hall, near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’s country pile Anmer Hall.

The three-day-festival is a regular fixture in the royal diary, with William and Kate attending the event last year with their children Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, four.

Zara Tindall looked overjoyed to be back in the saddle today at the Houghton Horse trials in Norfolk today on her chestnut horse Match My Class

Zara Tindall looked overjoyed to be back in the saddle today at the Houghton Horse trials in Norfolk today on her chestnut horse Match My Class

Zara Tindall looked overjoyed to be back in the saddle today at the Houghton Horse trials in Norfolk today on her chestnut horse Match My Class

The Queen's granddaughter joined other leading riders for the prestigious event near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges's home Anmer Hall

The Queen's granddaughter joined other leading riders for the prestigious event near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges's home Anmer Hall

The Queen’s granddaughter joined other leading riders for the prestigious event near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’s home Anmer Hall

Zara beamed as she rode her novice horse at the horse trials, which have become a regular fixture for the royal family

Zara beamed as she rode her novice horse at the horse trials, which have become a regular fixture for the royal family

Zara beamed as she rode her novice horse at the horse trials, which have become a regular fixture for the royal family 

Zara, who is the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, is an avid rider and won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics as part of the Great Britain Eventing Team.

The Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials incorporating the FEI Nations Cup is a three-day festival, which includea showjumping, eventing and plenty of children’s entertainment.  

It’s unknown if Zara’s ex-England rugby player husband Mike Tindall, 39, joined her at the event, or whether their children Mia, five, and Lena, one, were in attendance.

Events such as Houghton have proved an opportunity for the royals to get together, with William and Kate joining the family to attend the Land Rover Novice and Intermediate Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire in March of this year.  

Zara, who is an enthusiastic rider, is married to former rugby star Mike Tindall, 39. She also hasn't ruled out a second Olympics

Zara, who is an enthusiastic rider, is married to former rugby star Mike Tindall, 39. She also hasn't ruled out a second Olympics

Zara, who is an enthusiastic rider, is married to former rugby star Mike Tindall, 39. She also hasn’t ruled out a second Olympics  

The royal looked confident as she rode her novice horse in the dressage section of the Houghton Horse trials earlier today

The royal looked confident as she rode her novice horse in the dressage section of the Houghton Horse trials earlier today

The royal looked confident as she rode her novice horse in the dressage section of the Houghton Horse trials earlier today 

The Cambridges also attended the Houghton horse trials last year, and were spotted with their two eldest children at the event in 2016, along with friends James Meade and his wife Lady Laura Marsham. 

The event gained international status in 2007 and now welcomes more than 700 horses and their riders every year.

It also hosts the only British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, a series where teams from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand battle it out to top the table at the final event at Boekelo, Holland, in October.

Zara was seen wearing a full traditional dressage outfit while competing in the horse trials at Houghton Hall

Zara was seen wearing a full traditional dressage outfit while competing in the horse trials at Houghton Hall

Zara was seen wearing a full traditional dressage outfit while competing in the horse trials at Houghton Hall 

The royal seemed overjoyed to be attending the event, which happens to be close to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The royal seemed overjoyed to be attending the event, which happens to be close to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The royal seemed overjoyed to be attending the event, which happens to be close to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 

The mother of two beamed as she took part in the Houghton horse trials in Norfolk. It's not known if her family watched her at the event

The mother of two beamed as she took part in the Houghton horse trials in Norfolk. It's not known if her family watched her at the event

The mother of two beamed as she took part in the Houghton horse trials in Norfolk. It’s not known if her family watched her at the event 

Zara's ex-rugby player husband Mike Tindall revealed recently that the couple had yet to meet Prince Harry's baby Archie

Zara's ex-rugby player husband Mike Tindall revealed recently that the couple had yet to meet Prince Harry's baby Archie

Zara’s ex-rugby player husband Mike Tindall revealed recently that the couple had yet to meet Prince Harry’s baby Archie

Mike Tindall recently revealed that he heard about the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie, via a message on the royal cousins’ WhatsApp group.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: ‘[Harry will] be a great dad. We’ll just let him ease into it himself, find out his own way. The thing is, we’re so lucky with ours; ours have always slept so hopefully they’ll get that as well.

‘Obviously, he’s godfather to Lena, but we’ve got a great group of young ones in the family now. Lena and obviously Louis are similar ages and Mia’s sort of in between Charlotte and George, and then you’ve got Peter’s children Savannah and Isla who are just a little bit older.

‘James (Viscount Severn, Prince Edward’s son) is, well not exactly the ring leader, but he’s the oldest. So, yeah, it’s going to be a good little group. And Harry, he’s busy, but he loves playing with them all and he’ll be a good dad.’  

The mother-of-two seems delighted to be back in the saddle, and grinned as her horse's equipment was corrected

The mother-of-two seems delighted to be back in the saddle, and grinned as her horse's equipment was corrected

The mother-of-two seems delighted to be back in the saddle, and grinned as her horse’s equipment was corrected 

Zara looked confident as she competed in the dressage section of the horse trials in Norfolk today

Zara looked confident as she competed in the dressage section of the horse trials in Norfolk today

Zara looked confident as she competed in the dressage section of the horse trials in Norfolk today 

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