Find out what Pippa Funnell said after her test on the 2019 Burghley winner MGH Grafton Street
Riding Jane and Jonathan Clarke’s 2019 Burghley Horse Trials winner MGH Grafton Street, Pippa scored 25.9 in this highly competitive Chedington-sponsored section.
“He was better than me,” she said afterwards, alluding to the fact this was her fourth dressage test over the two days at Bicton. “It sounds silly because you ride four in a day at one-day events, but when you have four at a bigger event and they stay away, they know it’s something different so they all need more work.”
“I was absolutely fine but with the heat as well, I did feel a bit ‘another one’ and I think I lost a little bit of my posture – it was nowhere near a Burghley test and I don’t think I got him quite where I wanted him to the connection. But he still does a nice test and I’m still happy enough.”
Pippa’s great friend Tina Cook rode her test immediately before her and showed some lovely work with Billy The Red, but a break to canter at the start of the extended trot and some fragility in walk brought her marks down. She sits 18th on 26.9.
Laura Collett is still out in front having scored 21 with London 52, with four other riders from Britain’s Olympic longlist close behind.
Chris Burton is ninth for Australia on Clever Louis, with Alex appearing on the leaderboard again in 10th on PSH Convivial, who is likely to be his second choice horse for the Tokyo Olympics behind Don Geniro.
Caroline Harris holds 11th on Miss Pepperpot.
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