Wednesday 5th May
Sunday 9th May, 2021

Pippa Funnell makes difficult decision

Pippa Funnell to withdraw her two rides from Badminton

Following a fall at Withington on Sunday 1 May Pippa Funnell has undergone tests in hospital which thankfully have all been clear. She will return home today, however Pippa has made the decision to withdraw her two rides, Second Supreme and Billy Beware, from Badminton in order to give herself more time to recover.

The three-time Badminton winner said –

“It’s devastating not only for myself but also for the owners, Jonathan and Jane Clarke and Marek Sebestak, my groom Frankie and the hard working team at home not to be able to compete at Badminton this year as I feel both my horses are in great form and the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials is one of the greatest events in the world.  I very much hope to back competing again shortly.”

Hugh Thomas, Director, Badminton Horse Trials

“We’re very disappointed for Pippa, her connections, and of course everyone who was so looking forward to seeing her ride at Badminton. All the team wish her well and hope she is back in the saddle soon.”