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Pippa Funnell

Full name: Philippa Rachel "Pippa" Funnell (Nolan-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: October 7, 1968 in Crowborough, East Sussex, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

After a stellar career as a young rider which included a junior European Championship victory in 1987, Pippa Funnell’s career lost momentum for a number of years as she struggled both with a lack of both top quality horses and of confidence in her own ability. The help of a sports psychologist seemed to reinvigorate her performances and, in partnership with the horse Supreme Rock, she won the European Championships in 1999 as both an individual and as part of the British team. The pair were chosen for the Sydney Olympics and they returned home from Australia having been the outstanding combination for the silver medal winning team. She successfully won both European titles in 2001 but had a disappointing show at the World Equestrian Games in 2002 where she had to be satisfied with only a team bronze. This proved only to be a temporary setback and she rose to the top of the world rankings by winning all three constituent events of the Grand Slam of Eventing (Burghley, Badminton and Lexington) in 2003. This was the first time the feat had ever been achieved in the same year. Also in 2003 she added a fifth European title leading the British team and was third individually. A change to the format of the sport in time for the 2004 Olympics was not favourable to Funnell’s current crop of horses but she still won silver and bronze medal in Athens. Her fortunes have waned after 2005 as many of her best horses were retired due to age or injury. Pippa married international show jumper William Funnell in 1993 and the two also run a business breeding horses. She has written a series of children’s books and lent her name to a number of equestrian video games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Equestrianism Mixed Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Mixed Three-Day Event, Team Great Britain GBR 2 Silver

Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS JP TP T
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain Primmore's Pride Final Standings 3 -46.6
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain Primmore's Pride Dressage 2 -31.4
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain Primmore's Pride Cross-Country 41T -11.2 0.0 -11.2 10:14
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain Primmore's Pride Jumping Round One 1T 0.0
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain Primmore's Pride Jumping Round Two 3T -4.0 -4.0 0.0

Mixed Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Supreme Rock Final Standings 2 -45.40
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Supreme Rock Dressage 2 -32.00
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Supreme Rock Cross-Country 2T -0.40
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Supreme Rock Jumping 5 -13.00
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Primmore's Pride Final Standings 2 -42.6
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Primmore's Pride Dressage 1 -31.4
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Primmore's Pride Cross-Country 3T non-scoring -11.2
2004 Summer 35 Athina Equestrianism Great Britain GBR Primmore's Pride Jumping 2 0.0