Zara Phillips escapes horse injury by using special air vest

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Zara Phillips escapes horse injury by using special air vest

Royal equestrian Zara Phillips was involved in an accident during the Military Boekelo in the Netherlands, horse insurance customers have been told.

However, Miss Phillips was protected from injury by an inflatable air jacket which activated when she left the saddle.

The 29-year-old rider was competing with her mount, High Kingdom, when the animal lost its footing after a water jump and threw Miss Phillips.

As she fell, a rip cord from the Point Two Pro-Air jacket which she was wearing caused the vest to inflate and cushion her impact, the Daily Mail reported.

Miss Phillips, who won the 2006 World Championships on her previous horse Toytown, was eliminated from the competition following the fall, and was forced to walk back to the stables.

The athlete was previously involved in a potentially serious accident in 2007, when her then-mount Tsunami II threw her after falling at a seven-foot fence at the Bramham International Horse Trials, causing Miss Phillips to land on her neck and shoulders.

October 19th 2010

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