Chamrock, the advanced horse who was competed by Pippa Funnell for six years, was put down last Friday (14 September) aged 16 following persistent chronic lameness.

Home-bred by his owners Sarah and Sue Johnstone by Rock King, Chamrock was evented by Pippa Funnell from 2003 to 2008.

The pair won the CCI** at Necarne in 2004, were in the top seven six other times at two-star and won twice at advanced (Burnham Market 2005 and Bicton 2006). Although Chamrock excelled at two-star, he was also placed at three-star, notably finishing fifth at Punchestown CCI*** in 2006.

“He had his own mind and we loved him for it. He will always be ‘one of my boys’,” said Pippa.

Chamrock also enjoyed success with other riders, winning the CCI* at Hartpury in 2002 with Fiona Cardrick and the CIC** at Brightling in 2010 with Gemma Tattersall. In all, he notched up 483 British Eventing points.

For the past year he had been based with the Strawson family in Nottinghamshire and 16-year-old Annabel Strawson had been competing him at grass-roots level.