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Pippa Funnell: ‘Don’t let Covid dumb down our sport’ *H&H Plus*

Opinion

  • Pippa Funnell appeals to eventing’s iconic venues to preserve eventing

    LAST week’s monumental fixture at Aston-le-Walls gave many top horses the run they so desperately needed, but it’s left me with mixed feelings. I don’t usually stick my head above the parapet with my opinions as I’d hate to offend anyone, but if it does resonate with others, consider this a cry for help to those who can assist our sport.

    Firstly I commend Nigel Taylor and his team for running two very successful four-star sections at Aston. He did a fantastic job, the going was excellent and the sections featured the very best horses in the country.

    I was delighted with my four boys all posting sub-30 dressage scores. They showjumped well and felt amazing across country. Was the cross-country as demanding as Chatsworth? Probably not, but we are grateful for it filling the gap in this strange season. But is this the permanent shape of things to come?

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