William Funnell’s horse Amber Du Montois retires from competition

  • Amber Du Montois, Denise Stamp’s home-bred chestnut mare who was most recently ridden by William Funnell, has retired from competition at the age of 18.

    The British-bred Trakehner by Abdullah, won more than £180,000 during her 13-year career.

    She was produced through the novice ranks by Susie Gibson and has also partnered John Whitaker and Peter Charles, winning a variety of classes internationally.

    “Amber” was present on 12 Nations Cup Teams; eight for Great Britain and four for Ireland, and she finished in sixth place in the 2000 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, with Peter Charles.

    In 2002 she won the Barcelona Grand Prix with William Funnell and jumped a double clear round for Team GB at the Lummen Nations Cup in the same year.

    In 2005 she took victory in the Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and in 2007 dominated the Renault Jump with wins at South of England, the final at Royal Berkshire and topped the Renault Jump points league.

    William Funnell said; “Shes still absolutely sound, but we though it would be a shame to just gallop her round supporting classes. She’s retired to Denise’s place where she is being spoilt rotten, more than likely getting a packet of Polos every time she’s seen.
    “Alex, Denise’s daughter, is going to ride her at home, and may do the odd dressage test with her. I’m happy she’ll be enjoying herself, she did so much for me. I just wish I’d had the chance to do more with her earlier in her career.”

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