Pippa Funnell

Pippa Funnell : The Autobiography

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Pippa Funnell is the golden girl of the British equestrian scene - but it hasn't always been so. She seemed doomed to be a "misser" in the really big competitions - she seemed to lack that special ingredient that makes a true champion in the style of Mark Todd or Ginny Leng. Everything began to change for her in 1999 when her results, including her first European title, were excellent, but it was at the Olympics that she really came of age. Her horse, Supreme Rock, which had promised so much, finally fulfilled his potential and they won a silver medal. Since the Sydney Olympics Pippa has gone from strength to strength. She completed the double of European Championships in 2001. In 2002 she won Badminton - the most prestigious of all Three Day Events - and a further two high level ones. In 2003 she firmly established herself as the top sportswoman in the UK. She won the Rolex Grand Slam - which meant she won three four-star events: Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley. This resulted in her being awarded the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and coming third in the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year awards. Pippa's diary from the Athens Olympics makes fascinating reading as she records the ups and downs of the competition, the triumph of the dressage, her cross-country round and the showjump down that cost her a gold medal. As if all this were not enough, there was the controversy of the medals being reallocated on appeal, meaning Pippa won both a silver and a bronze.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 40mm | 698.54g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16
  • 0752857134
  • 9780752857138

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'The text gallops through Funnell's life story with engaging candour.' - Chris Maume THE INDEPENDENT 'an inspiration to those who aspire.' HORSE AND HOUND 'inspiring, mvoing and funny.' EVENTING 'A highly engaging and deeply revealing account of the life of Pippa Funnell... an inspirational story THE IRISH FIELD 'a gripping, entertaining and often touching read.' NFU COUNTRYSIDE 'The book is interspersed with funny moments, private personal moments and the inevitable lows associated with horses. It will inspire all those who read it.' THE SCOTTISH FARMERshow more

About Pippa Funnell

Pippa is married to international show jumper William Funnell.show more

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