The accomplished equestrian has learned her Olympic fate

By Simon Perry
Updated June 22, 2016 10:10 AM
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Accomplished equestrian Zara Tindall made her country and family proud when she took silver in the 2012 London Olympics, but she faces disappointment this year after not being selected for the Rio 2016 team.

The Queen’s granddaughter was left off the nominated list of entries for Great Britain’s Olympic eventing team Tuesday.

The reigning silver medalist became the first member of the royal family to win an Olympic medal as part of the 2012 team.

It is a blow for the athlete, who took in a fun charity polo match last weekend with her daughter (and little show-stopper!) Mia and cousin Prince Harry last week.

“Like anybody else, Zara really wanted to represent her country, but I’m sure she also wanted to make sure the best team goes to Rio,” a spokesperson for the royal tells PEOPLE.

In May, 2-year-old Mia and Zara’s husband, former ruby star Mike Tindall, supported Zara as she competed at the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, England, in an effort to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She had hoped to compete on the same horse with whom she won the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

Equestrian insiders suspect that her horse, High Kingdom, didn’t have as much time to impress selectors after missing nearly the whole 2015 season due to injury.

“It would be amazing to go to the Olympics, and it is something we are all working towards, but it is competition by competition,” Zara told the BBC about her goal of going to Rio.

“The Olympics is the place to be. It is where you want to be, with the rest of the world’s sport. It is a unique championship, and to be able to represent your country there is phenomenal.”