Pippa Funnell MBE

Rider Profile

Pippa Funnell MBE
October 1968

In 2003 Pippa became the first rider to complete the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing following consecutive wins at Lexington, Badminton and Burghley, earning a $250,000 bonus from Rolex and a place in the history books. As a result of her phenomenal achievements she was voted Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year 2003 and was in the top five of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2005, Pippa was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. She's also had a successful international showjumping career alongside her eventing successes and is also heavily involved with the breeding and production of British-bred horses in partnership with her husband, international showjumper William Funnell, and Donal Barnwell at The Billy Stud in Surrey.

Following the last-minute withdrawal of Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser from the squad heading to Luhmühlen for the 2019 European Championships, Pippa was called up to replace him with Majas Hope. They took on the role of team pathfinders on cross-country day, storming round clear inside the time to give confidence to the rest of the British squad. The team earned a silver medal. 

This was swiftly followed by a hugely popular victory at Burghley with CCI5* debutante MGH Grafton Street, 14 years after Pippa's previous win at the level.

Sporting Achievements

Date Event Horse Medals
2019 European Championships Majas Hope Team silver
2016 Olympic Games Billy The Biz  
2015 Senior European Championships Sandman 7 Team silver 
2013 Senior European Championships Mirage D’Elle  
2010 World Equestrian Games Redesigned  
2005 Senior European Championships Ensign  
2004 Olympic Games Primmore’s Pride Team silver and individual bronze
2003 European Championships Walk On Star Individual bronze
2002 World Equestrian Games Supreme Rock  
2000 Olympic Games Supreme Rock Individual silver
1999 European Championships Supreme Rock Individual gold