Land Rover delivers first Evoque to a horseback rider [w/video]

You might figure that horse riding enthusiasts would be diametrically opposed to SUV drivers, but you'd be wrong. At least in the case of Zara Phillips. The British equestrian competitor has been a Land Rover brand ambassador for several years now, and was lucky enough to snub Victoria Bekham take delivery of the very first Range Rover Evoque this weekend.

The first model to roll off the production line, Philips' Evoque is a five-door in Stornaway Grey with a 2.2-liter diesel and six-speed automatic. The model's delivery took place at the Burghley Horse Trials, which is sponsored by Land Rover and where officials made use of a fleet of more than 60 vehicles from the legendary off-road marque.

That's horse power for you. And with 20,000 orders on the books, this is just the beginning. Follow the jump to watch footage of the delivery and for the official press release.

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Land Rover ambassador Zara Phillips is the first person to take delivery of a new Range Rover Evoque. Ms Phillips drove away the 5-door Stornaway Grey Evoque from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, where she was competing this weekend.

Land Rover UK Marketing Director, Laura Schwab showed Zara around her new car and said "Zara has been excited about the new Evoque ever since we revealed the first pictures over a year ago and indeed she was one of the very first people to order one."

We have a huge presence at Burghley this year, with over 60 Land Rover vehicles in action at the event. It therefore seemed fitting that our first Evoque handover took place here."

On receiving the keys to the new Evoque, Zara said: "I've grown up around Land Rovers and have been an ambassador for the brand for several years – I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of my new Evoque. It looks absolutely fantastic and I am delighted to be the first person in the UK to take delivery of one."

The Range Rover Evoque officially enters UK showrooms this week but is already proving a hit with customers. Land Rover has received over 20,000 pre-orders worldwide with 6,000 of these in the UK. Special Evoque launch events will be taking place at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK on Thursday 8 September with customers taking delivery of their vehicles from Friday onwards.

Zara was handed the keys to a 5-Door Range Rover Evoque in Stornaway Grey, with a 2.2 litre Diesel engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, panoramic sunroof and features including park assist, blind spot monitoring and a surround camera system.

Zara was competing at the Burghley Horse Trials, which is being sponsored by Land Rover for the seventh year running. Over 60 Land Rovers were used by Competition officials, fence judges and medical teams. Zara is one of the UK's leading equestrian figures and has been a Land Rover brand ambassador since 2006.

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