Eventer Pippa Funnell is determined to be in the winning team in World Horse Welfare’s Santa vs Scrooge Scurry Stakes at Olympia on Friday (18 December).
Pippa, a patron of the charity, is riding pillion in the head-to-head scurry competition against Fiona Powell, founding editor of In-Harness magazine.
The scurry is set to take place at 8.10pm.
The losing celebrity will be face a forfeit — details yet to be confirmed — in front of the packed crowd at Olympia.
“We have yet to confirm whether Pippa will be on the Santa or Scrooge team but she has assured us she will make sure she is not on the losing team,” said Carys Samuel from World Horse Welfare.
Both ponies taking part in the scurry have been rehabilitated at the charity’s rescue and rehoming centres.
Yogi (pictured above), a 12.1hh pony was nervous and unhandled when he was rescued in 2006 as a two-year-old. However, with lots of work Yogi has now “matured into a well-mannered pony”.
Broken to harness five years ago, Yogi has been successful as a solo driven pony with his rehomer and has just started tandem work.
The other driving pony in the scurry, Saphire (pictured below), came into World Horse Welfare’s care in 2012 when she was nine.
Extensive physiotherapy was needed to build up her strength but now she “is progressing well and loves showing off her driving skills”.
Both ponies have been to driving competitions before but never competed in an Olympia-sized arena.
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