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Mia Tindall cheers on mum Zara at Gatcombe horse trials

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Ainhoa Barcelona
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March 29, 2016
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At only two years old, Mia Tindall is no stranger to the world of horse racing. The adorable little girl was spotted cheering on her mum Zara Tindall at the Gatcombe Horse Trials over the weekend, where she was looked after by her dad Mike.

The youngster enjoyed cuddles from her 6ft former rugby player dad, and sat on Mike's shoulders to get a better view of her mum competing.

Zara, who scored silver at the London 2012 Olympics, was taking part in the trials at Gatcombe Park, Stroud. The 34-year-old rode her horse Rum Expectations to compete in the cross country phase.

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Mia Tindall was looked after by her dad Mike as the pair cheered on equestrian Zara

Wrapped up in a windproof jacket and a red bobble hat, her daughter Mia, who turned two in January, supported her from the sides. It was a family affair as Mia and Mike were joined by Zara's brother Peter Phillips, his wife Autumn and the couple's two children Savannah and Isla.

Mia is fast-becoming a regular at horse racing fixtures, and she is often pictured in the safe hands of her dad Mike. This time around, the family didn't have to travel far as Gatcombe Park is the country estate that belongs to Zara's mum Princess Anne, where the Tindalls currently live.

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"You've got to be a hands-on dad nowadays," said Mike

Speaking about his parenting duties last year, Mike told The Times: "You've got to be a hands-on dad nowadays. Plus Zara spends a lot of time with the horses, so I don't have much choice in that sense."

He also spoke of his Olympic-winning equestrian wife and her hopes to compete in the Rio Olympics with her horse High Kingdom. "That's the next big thing for her," said Mike.

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Zara was taking part in the trials at Gatcombe Park over the weekend

As sport plays such a big part in Mike and Zara's lives, it won't come as a surprise if the couple's daughter turns out to be a little athlete.

"We have always had sport in our lives and through our childhood," Zara has said in the past. "I think that really is important in every child's life to have that opportunity. I think we have got it off our parents and hopefully we can pass that on to Mia."

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