Zara Tindall broke down in tears as she paid a tribute to her late friend Trevor Hemmings in an emotional interview with her husband Mike.
The former rugby ace, 44, sat down with his wife, 40, for the first episode of his YouTube series ‘Mike Drop’ in collaboration with the Magic Millions horse-racing event in Australia.
During the 30 minute video, Mike quizzed Zara about her sporting achievements and specifically touched on her triumph in the London 2012 Olympics, where she won a Silver Medal as part of the eventing team.
The mother-of-three explained how she had recently retired her horse Toytown before it was announced that the UK would be hosting the 2012 games.
Zara Tindall admitted she found it ’emotional’ to discuss her late friend Trevor Hemmings, who passed away at the age of 86 last October
Although she was ‘heartbroken’ that Toytown could not compete, Zara’s friend and supporter Trevor Hemmings – who passed away in October – was determined that she should still take part in the competition with a new horse.
She said: ‘When London got the Olympics, [Trevor] was like, “let’s go find a horse for London” and I was like, “okay!”‘
After they started looking together, Zara explained how her father Mark Phillips’ friend urged them to buy a horse he had bred called High Kingdom – who they later nicknamed ‘Little Trev’.
What’s more, Zara said that she didn’t even test ride her winning horse before her and Trevor bought him for £25,000.
Three-time Grand National winner Trevor Hemmings and Zara Tindall attending the 2016 Cheltenham Festival
Zara pictured competing with her horse – nicknamed ‘Little Trev’ – at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
She continued: ‘This is so not what you do. I didn’t try him, I didn’t sit on him. We just bought him.’
After purchasing him when he was five years old, Zara says her and Trevor worked tirelessly to get High Kingdom up to scratch for the Olympics.
Zara continued: ‘We managed to get him [High Kingdom] to the Olympics, which was incredible. Trev – Trevor Hemmings – has won so many amazing things racing, in his racing career, and Grand Nationals and things like that.
‘But to see his face at the Olympics and to get that team medal was amazing. And to be able to give something back to him when he had supported me for so long was incredible. I’m going to get emotional.’
As his wife broke down in tears, Mike said: ‘I think that sums you up. You always put your owners and your horses first, sometimes to the detriment of yourself.
Mike Tindall, 44, comforted his wife as she got emotional discussing Trevor – telling her: ‘You always put your owners and your horses first, sometimes at the detriment to yourself’
In an interview which was shared last night, the Olympic equestrian appeared emotional as she discussed her sporting career, relationship with horses and struggles with motherhood, touching on her experience of miscarriage
‘You will train a horse before you train yourself and you will make sure the horse is right before you do it to yourself.’
Trevor, who started off as a bricklayer before becoming one of the richest men in Britain, was one of only five owners to have won the Grand National three times when he passed away last year at the age of 86.
The late billionaire businessman, who was also the owner of Preston North End football club, first won the famous Aintree steeplechase in 2005 with Hedgehunter.
He made it twice thanks to Ballabriggs in 2011 and probably his best remembered winner came in 2015 with the popular Many Clouds.
She explained she found it difficult returning to riding after having her children, Mia, eight, Lena, five, and Lucas, 18-months
Elsewhere in the candid interview, Zara opened up about her struggles with ‘mum guilt’.
She explained that she found it difficult to return to riding after having her children, Mia, eight, Lena, five, and Lucas, 18-months.
Zara added: ‘I found it hard getting myself back to it. Mentally, you feel guilty as a mother leaving your child to go and do something else.
‘After having Mia, I felt like my goal was to get back on a horse, I want to get back.
‘I had a good horse to come back to for your confidence and trying to – I wanted to get back for him as well. Trying to have a goal is probably something I always need.
‘I always need goals in my life and set many goals in my life all the time.’
Zara and Mike have three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas, who regularly go to horse shows where they watch their mother compete (pictured last year)
However, she said she had struggled to get back into the sport and added: ‘It was hard getting your body back when you’ve been riding for 25 years, and then your body is just completely not doing that.
‘Your muscles [are] doing nothing and stretching and creating an amazing thing but it’s completely different. Trying to get your body back to where it was, I found, was hard work.’
Meanwhile, she acknowledged how the couple had balanced Zara’s career with life as new parents, adding: ‘Mia was along for the ride with us as well.
‘She was very much taken around to the shows – it was easier when we had one!’
The interview also saw the couple discussing the Magic Millions horse race, which they attend every year in Australia.
Zara was announced as the first Magic Millions Racing Women Ambassador in 2012, and now travels to Surfers Paradise in Queensland every year for the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, seven days of auctions which culminate in this weekend’s major race meeting where all contenders are horses bought at previous Magic Millions auctions.