William Funnell, British show jumper

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    William Funnell, born on 10 February 1966, is a highly successful show jumper with over 20 years experience at the top of the sport, having settled on a career with horses at an early age.

    He has won over 50 international competitions and represented Great Britain on two European Championships and 32 Nations Cup teams, eight of them bringing home wins.

    He recently won his third Hickstead Derby, adding the 2009 title to his previous wins in 2008 and 2006. William’s clear round with Cortaflex Mondriaan was the first since 2004.

    He is married to British event rider Pippa Funnell (nee Nolan) and they live near Ewehurst, Surrey.

    William also runs the Billy Stud with his partner Donal Barnwell, breeding and producing top sports horses.

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    Major achievements:


  • Hickstead Derby winner (Cortaflex Mondriaan)


  • Member champion Nations Cup team: Madrid 3rd; Calgary (Mondriaan)
  • Hickstead Derby winner (Cortaflex Mondriaan)


  • Member Nations Cup team: La Baule; Dublin (Mondriaan)
  • South of England: 1st Renault Jump (Amber du Montois)
  • Royal Show: 1st and 3rd international trial (Amber du Montois and Kepi D’Elle)
  • Royal County of Berkshire: 1st and league winner Renault Jump (Amber du Montois)
  • HOYS: 1st Dick Turpin Stakes (Amber du Montois)


  • South of England: 1st Grand Prix (Amber du Montois); 1st 1.30m (Cevin Z)
  • Member Nations Cup team: Rotterdam 5th; Hickstead 1st; Barcelona Super League Final 7th (Cortaflex Mondriaan)
  • Hickstead Derby: 1st Derby Trial; 1st DFS Hickstead Derby (Mondriaan)
  • HOYS: 1st Grandstand Media Cup (Amber du Montois)


  • Members Nation Cup team: La Baule 2nd; Rome 1st; Dublin 1st; Aachen 4th (Mondriaan)
  • Represented Great Britain at European Championships Italy: 6th (Mondriaan)


  • Member of the World Class Performance Squad 2003
  • Member Nations Cup team: Lisbon 1st; Rotterdam (Mondriaan); Falsterbo; Dublin 2nd (Amber du Montois)
  • HOYS: 8th Thomas Bates 7-yr-old Championship (Tibor)


  • Member Nations Cup team: Lisbon 1st; Lummen 1st; Dublin 4th; Gijon 2nd (Amber du Montois)
  • Short listed for WEG (Amber du Montois)


  • Member Nations Cup team: Modena; Rome (Vechta); Gijon 4th (Amber du Montois)
  • HOYS: 1st Horse and Hound Foxhounds (Mondriaan); 2nd Daewoo Championship (Amber du Montois)


  • Member Nations Cup team: Lisbon 3rd Final-Rome 7th (Vechta)

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