Pippa Funnell out of the running for London 2012
Wednesday 18 April 2012
One of British Eventing’s top riders, Pippa Funnell will not have a horse for the 2012 Olympics, after two of her top horses sustained injuries.
Her rides Redesigned and Billy Shannon will not be in contention for selection for London 2012, leaving Pippa Funnell without a horse for the upcoming Olympics.
Pippa commented: “I am of course devastated that I will not have a horse for London 2012; winning a medal at London would have been the pinnacle of my career.
“I also feel so disappointed and upset for my loyal owners [Redesigned is owned by Denise and Roger Lincoln, while Billy Shannon is owned by Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw] and hard working grooms and other support staff - London was their dream too.
“Disappointment is part and parcel of equine sport; perhaps that is why the successes are so sweet! I wish all the British riders best of luck and hope they bring home a bucket full of medals.”
Pippa Funnell is regarded by many as one of three-day eventing’s greatest riders. She was the first person to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing: consecutive wins at Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley horse trials.