Pippa Funnell triumphs at Bramham

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    Pippa Funnell continued her remarkable roll of success with her third international victory in five weeks when she won the Yorkshire Post Bramham CCI*** yesterday.

    Riding Nick and Barbara Walkinshaws’ home-bred Walk On Star, she followed up her recent victories at Badminton and Saumur, plus second places at Chatsworth and Punchestown.

    Pippa initially lay second after dressage to Kristina Cook riding Archrival but took over the lead on cross-country day when she was one of 15 riders to achieve the optimum time in a field of 108. Tina clocked 1.6 penalties to drop back to fourth.

    Polly Stockton stole into second place after the cross-country, but had to withdrawn Oscar on the final day, while Tina had an unfortunate five show jumps down, which dropped her to 14th.

    This gave Pippa a fence in hand, and a clear show jumped round saw her complete five penalties ahead of runner-up Jeanette Brakewell, who recorded her best individual result ever, aboard new ride, The Busker.

    Sara Algotsson, a teacher and regular member of the Swedish team, was third on Robin des Bois in a truly international top 10.

    Andrew Nicholson took fourth and 10th places on Ray Carroll’s Mallard’s Treat, who has been off the road with injury since Lexington last year, and Rosemary Barlow’s Early Times (formerly called Denzil Pemberthy).

    Lexington winner Kimberly Vinoski (US) was fifth on her new ride, Royal Venture, while William Fox-Pitt took sixth and eighth with Highland Lad and Just Sovereign.

    Andrew Hoy (AUS) was seventh with Mr Pracatan and ninth with new ride Printer’s Absolutely Primitive on whom he is deputising for Sarah Cutteridge, who has broken her collarbone.

    Zara Phillips wins young riders

    Zara Phillips won her first three-day event, riding Toytown, and was the only rider to finish on her dressage score in the under-25s section.

    She became the first royal victor since Princess Anne won the 1971 Europeans and credited her father, Mark Phillips, for the improvement in her show jumping since she crashed out of the reckoning at Windsor last year.

    Although not registered for Britain’s Young Rider squad, Zara is under 21 and is therefore eligible.

    Second was Emilie Chandler on Bridgestone, the dressage leader, and third was cross-country leader Rhian Smith (Bush Powder) who had two show jumps down.

    Read full report on Bramham in the July issue of Eventing magazine (on sale, Friday, 14 June), which also includes reports on over 40 competitions including Punchestown, Chatsworth, Saumur and Windsor, plus a new series on long-term training relationships, which kicks off with Mary King and Ferdi Eilberg.

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