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01. Pippa Funnell
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Trainer and Mentor for Wesko Foundation, Patron for World Horse Welfare

In 2003, Pippa Funnell MBE  became the first person to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing with consecutive wins at Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley. She also won Badminton in 2002 and 2005, two Individual golds (1999–2001) and three team golds (1999–2003) at the European Championships. Pippa is a three-time Olympic medallist, winning team silver in 2000 and 2004, and an individual bronze in 2004. She also competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Pippa remains at the top of the sport, and is a renowned producer of young horses from the Billy Stud ( https://thebillystud.co.uk/ )with her husband William Funnell. Pippa’s horses have included Supreme Rock, Primmore's Pride, Sir Barnaby, Bits and Pieces, Walk on Star, and Ensign, and more recently, Redesigned, Billy Beware, Billy the Biz, Billy Llandretti, Mirage D`Elle, Billy Cuckoo and Sandman7. Her current horses are listed in the horse section of this website. Pippa became European Young Rider Champion in 1987 after successfully competing on Sir Barnaby at Bialy Bor, Poland. In 1999, Pippa became European Champion at Luhmühlen riding Supreme Rock and again on the same horse in 2001 at Pau – France. She was a member of the British teams that won silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, bronze at the World Equestrian Games in 2002 both with Supreme Rock, and silver again at the Athens Olympics of 2004, this time with Primmore`s Pride. In addition, Pippa won the individual bronze medal at Athens. In 2003, Pippa became the first rider ever to complete the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, by adding the Burghley title to her victories earlier in the year at Kentucky and Badminton, to earn a $250,000 bonus from Rolex. The Kentucky and Burghley victories were on Primmore's Pride, while the Badminton victory was on Supreme Rock. Pippa remains one of only two riders to have won the Grand Slam. As a result of her achievements, she was voted Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year 2003 and was in the top five of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Pippa then went to Punchestown in Ireland to defend the individual European title that she had won in 1999 and 2001, winning a bronze medal with Walk On Star and helping the British team to win their fifth successive team title. She also finished the year as the number one ranked rider in the world. In total Pippa has won the Badminton Horse Trials three times: 2002, 2003 and 2005, and has won both the Blenheim and Windsor Horse Trials four times as well, the only rider yet to do so. Primmore's Pride became the 1st horse to win all three major four star titles - Kentucky & Burghley in 2003 and Badminton in 2005, becoming the 1st horse to win its own Grand Slam. In 2010, Pippa won the CCI3* at Bramham International horse trials on Redesigned. They went on to finish 5th as an individual at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. In 2011, she won Barbary CIC3* on Billy Llandretti. In 2013, Pippa won Tattersalls CCI3* with Billy Beware, who finished 6th at his first 4* event at Badminton Horse Trials 2014. On 13 September 2015, Pippa helped GB win Team Silver at Blair Castle aboard Sandman 7. At the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, riding Billy the Biz, Pippa was part of the British team that finished fifth. Pippa won the 2019 Burghley Horse Trials, riding MGH Grafton Street, having led from day one. Alongside her riding career, Pippa has also written an autobiography, a training book (Training The Young Horse) and a series of children's books (watch this space!) For the past 4 years, Pippa has been trainer and mentor for the Wesko equestrian foundation previously know as the Windrush Foundation . You can find out more about the foundation here: https://weskoequestrianfoundation.org.uk/

Recent News

AN ENJOYABLE SEASON FOR ALL - MY TOP TIPS
AN ENJOYABLE SEASON FOR ALL - MY TOP TIPS

At the back of all of my children’s books, I have a section ‘Pippa’s top tips’, so now the 2024 event season (and my 41st season!!!!!) has officially started, and with my new British Eventing board member hat on, I thought I would share some of my personal top tips to make this season an enjoyable season for all…”

1. THINK OF YOUR HORSE’S WELFARE AT ALL TIMES
Our horses mean everything to us, so always put them first and ensure they are well cared for at all times.

2. RESPECT EACH OTHER
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

3. BE GRATEFUL/COURTEOUS…
…To organisers and their team of officials and volunteers. It is not acceptable to be rude and abusive. Work has already been done advising official teams how they should address matters civilly so we as competitors have to be brought to the table too.

4. STICK TO THE TIMES GIVEN
I know there can be delays but frustrations run high when you go for your time and you find you have to wait for 25 horses. Above all it is not fair on the horses. It worked during Covid. I think competitors and organisers need to collectively work together on this.

5. THINK FIRST
Before you criticise, come up with a solution and jot it down, then send an email or use the new QR code being brought in to get anonymous feedback on every event.

6. HELP EACH OTHER
That also includes our back up teams. BE is bringing in a new initiative “HERE TO HELP” So any high-profile, experienced riders, please be available to give advice. We are looking for ambassadors for this.

7. RESPECT THE VENUE
Take your litter and muck home or use bins provided.

8. SOCIAL MEDIA
Please think carefully before using this platform. It can be very far reaching and can have a very negative effect on the whole equestrian industry.

9. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
If you are unlucky enough to have a fall, whether at home or competition, or if injured, please look after number one. Give yourselves time to recover fully and I am not just referring to concussion. As riders, we have a wonderful new charity in British Eventing Support Trust who are there to support us in our times of need, but we must help and support them to succeed. www.besupporttrust.org.uk

10. FITNESS
Make sure you and your horse are fit and well prepared for the level intended.
If anyone is keen to add to these tips please put in the comments and be part of the solution.
Have a great season everyone! Let’s all pull together, work together and really enjoy the very best of OUR great sport of eventing.

Order Pippa's Pony Tales books
Order Pippa's Pony Tales books

My Children’s Books under the name of ‘Pippa’s Pony Tales’ are available for purchase through the following link or by scanning the QR code above.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CLKX4427?binding=paperback&qid=1707135349&sr=8-1&ref=dbs_dp_rwt_sb_pc_tpbk

The key message is to help children understand the responsibilities involved with horses and ponies, whether looking after them, riding them or even dreaming about them - building those partnerships based on trust and mutual respect.
Each book is an individual story but over the series there is an overriding story of Tilly, a little adopted girl finding out who her real family are.
Full of horsey education and tips.

Hopefully these stories will keep inspiring youngsters to follow their dreams and will give them a valuable in sight into the responsibilities needed for looking after, riding and caring for our four legged friends.

If I can inspire one young child to follow their dreams through reading my children’s books then it has been worth all the hours put in to writing these stories but I really hope many children will enjoy the Tales about Tilly and the horses and ponies she comes into contact with.

Learning not only valuable morals in life about kindness, good manners and the importance of friendship but above all the responsibilities they have even at a young age of the care, dedication and love needed for being involved with our incredible four legged friends.

We must educate these children at a young age that they absolutely have to treat horses as their best friends then I have full confidence they will enjoy their time spent with these magnificent creatures as much as I do.

Thanks to Fiona Kennedy of Zephyr (an inlet of Publishers Head of Zeus Books ) who has been instrumental in the release of these books.

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