MTC, 20 years on the podium

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  • Name: Pippa Funnell MBE
  • Birth Date: 07/08/1968
  • Born: East Sussex, UK
  • Trains: Surrey, UK
  • Lives: Surrey, UK

Since winning her first National Championship with Sir Barnaby in 1992, Pippa Funnell is now firmly established as one of the world’s leading three day event riders. Throughout a long career, Pippa has consistently been at the top of Three Day Eventing having cemented her place back in 2003 when she won the Rolex Grand Slam. As well as a healthy bonus from Rolex, Pippa earned herself a place in the history books as the first person to achieve this feat.

A year later she broke yet more records when she became the first person to win the Blenheim International Horse Trials for an incredible fourth time. This was followed by success at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she helped the team to Silver before taking the individual Bronze Medal. Her list of achievements has continued to expand, with Pippa frequently placing well at all the major events, and includes repeatedly claiming both the Badminton and Windsor titles.

With her bestselling autobiography and her range of ‘Pippa Funnell’ computer games that topped the game sales charts it’s clear that Pippa’s determination, drive and devotion to her sport, is proving an inspiration to many. Pippa’s appeal has been elevated further with the release of ‘Tilly’s Pony Tails’, a collection of children’s books that now has 18 titles published.

During the London 2012 Olympics Games Pippa joined Radio 5 Live for their show jumping and modern pentathlon coverage.

Away from competing Pippa is married to international show jumper, William Funnell and together they run the Billy stud farm.

Pippa Funnell MBE