Pippa Funnell MBE is a hugely popular event rider and the first winner of the Rolex Grand Slam, the big-money prize given to any event rider who can consecutively win the world’s three leading five-stars at Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky.
Pippa has been a member of the British team at three Olympic Games where she has won two team silvers and an individual bronze medal.
She was also the back to back winner of the individual title at the European Eventing Championships in 1999 and 2001 riding Supreme Rock. She has won five other European medals t00 – team gold in 1999, 2001 and 2003, individual bronze in 2003 (Walk On Star) and team silver in 2015 (Sandman 7).
She has also collected team bronze at the World Equestrian Games, in 2002 riding Supreme Rock.
Pippa has won Badminton Horse Trials three times (in 2002 and 2003 with Supreme Rock and in 2005 with Primmore’s Pride) and Burghley Horse Trials twice (in 2003 on Primmore’s Pride and 2019 on MGH Grafton Street). Her win in 2019 landed her the Horserail Moment of the Year accolade at that year’s Horse & Hound Awards, in partnership with NAF.
Pippa Funnell has had a successful showjumping career alongside her eventing successes. She is also heavily involved with the breeding and producing of British-bred horses in partnership with her husband, top British showjumper William Funnell, and Donal Barnwell at The Billy Stud in Surrey.
Billy The Biz was the first horse bred by The Billy Stud to compete at the Olympics when Pippa and the grey were called up from the reserve bench to go to Rio in 2016.