Pippa Funnell

Pippa Funnell

The Rolex Grand Slam Winner

The first rider to ever win the Rolex Grand Slam of Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky in a single year and a writer of childrens books. Married to International show jumper William.


Pippa Funnell won her first National Championship in 1992, since then she has had continued success as one of the world’s leading three-day eventers. Arguably, Pippa’s finest year was 2003, when she won the Rolex Grand Slam to become the first person in history to achieve this considerable feat.

The following year, her tremendous form continued, winning the Blenheim International Horse Trials, for a record fourth time. She followed this by winning a team Silver, and individual Bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In the past decade, Pippa has repeatedly won top level competitions, including Badminton and Windsor.

Away from competing, Pippa is married to fellow show jumper William Funnell, and they run the Billy stud farm together, the largest sporting horse stud in the UK.

Pippa has also released an extremely successful series of children’s books, ‘Tillys Pony Tails’, which has 18 titles released. ‘Tillys Horse, Magic’ followed, which contains another 4 titles. Due to unfortunate injury, Pippa was an insightful, and knowledgeable commentator for Radio 5 Live’s coverage of Show Jumping, and the Modern Pentathlon at London 2012.

FEI Career Record

Personal Info

  • Birth Date: 07/10/1968
  • Born: Crowborough, UK
  • Trains: Forest Green, UK

Quick Facts

  • Competed twice at the Olympic Games winning Silver in 2000 and Bronze in 2004
  • Competed twice at the World Games in 2002 and 2010
  • Competed five times at the European Games winning Gold in 1999
  • Three times winner of Badminton 2003
  • Sunday Times Sports Personality of the Year
  • Awarded an MBE in 2006

Series Results

Event Horse Dressage Show Jumping Cross Country XC Time Total Placing ERM Points
Bramham Park Mirage D'Elle 42.3 1 0 1.6 44.9 7 20
Barbury Castle Second Supreme 50.7 0 0 0 50.7 11 16
Blenheim Palace Mirage D'Elle 46.5 8 - - WD (28) 0.2
Chatsworth House Sandman 7 41.1 4 - - WD (17)
Barbury Castle Chippieh 39.3 0 8.8 8.8 48.1 5 22
Blenheim Palace Chippieh 39.3 4 - - E (20)