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Pippa Funnell back where she belongs

British riders dominate the final standings at this year's Land Rover Burghley.

The top three remained unchanged today at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials but the final show jumping phase was anything but dull. Pippa Funnell, the last British woman to win Burghley, walked away with the highly coveted trophy aboard Jonathan and Jane Clarke’s MGH Grafton Street, 16 years after her last win here with Primmore’s Pride.

Both she, Piggy French (second with Vanir Kamira) and Oliver Townend (third with Ballaghmor Class) all lowered a pole in the final phase as the competition went down to the wire.

Pippa’s initial response to her win was typically self-depreciating and analytical: “I’m really embarrassed by that round and in shock – big shock,” she commented, struggling to gather her composure after what was clearly a very emotional win.

“He’s not the best show jumper but I’ve always been convinced he had a big win in him – what an incredible two weeks with this and the Europeans.”

Please click here to read the rest of the article as it appears on the Burghley Horse Trials website.





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