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William FUNNELL

William FUNNELL, British Jumping athlete.

Name William FUNNELL
FEI ID 10000462
Gender Male
Date of Birth 10/02/1966
Competing for Great Britain - GBR
Registration Jumping 2022
Last update 04/08/2022
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Jumping 70x70
General Interest
Nicknames Willy, Will (hickstead-admin.co.uk, 02 May 2019; themixedzone.co.uk, 24 Sep 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the team event at the 2013 European Championships in Herning, Denmark, and winning the Hickstead Derby in England. (jumpernews.com, 16 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol British jumper John Whitaker. (jumpernews.com, 16 Jul 2021)
Injuries In June 2021 he broke his ankle at the Nations Cup event in Sopot, Poland, when he fell after his horse crashed through a fence. The injury ruled him out of contention for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo [held in 2021]. He returned to competition in November 2021. (horseandhound.co.uk, 11 Nov 2021, 21 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If the basics are right, then the rest comes together. A lot of the time we overlook the simple things." (jumpernews.com, 16 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours He and his wife Pippa were the first husband and wife to both be inducted into the British Horse Society Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2014, while Pippa became a member in 2005. (horseandcountry.tv, 08 Dec 2014)
Famous relatives His wife Pippa competed in eventing at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, and 2016, winning a total of two silver medals and one bronze medal. (horseyhooves.com, 10 Apr 2021; horseandhound.co.uk, 10 Nov 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Aug 2016)
Ambitions To compete at the Olympic Games, and to breed horses capable of winning Olympic medals. (jumpernews.com, 16 Jul 2021)
Other information STABLES He runs the Billy Stud near Dorking, England, with his wife Pippa and horse breeder Donal Barnwell. "Of course we dream [the horses] will all be grand prix horses, and we hope our hit rate keeps getting better every year, but it's a learning curve and we'll still be learning the day before we die." (Facebook team page, 02 Aug 2022; thebillystud.co.uk, 04 May 2022; heelsdownmag.com, 19 Sep 2019) OTHER ACTIVITIES He and his wife Pippa have both served as vice president of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. The charity is in memory of a rider who died as a result of an accident at the 1988 Burghley Horse Trials in England. (mdirf.co.uk, 05 Feb 2019)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding ponies as a child on his family's farm in Ashford, England. "My earliest equestrian memory is riding a tiny little black Shetland pony when I was very young, probably about four or five."
Why this sport? He was born into a farming and hunting family. When he was not doing farm duties as a child, he would ride the family ponies. At age 16 he had the choice of leaving school to start farming or beginning a career in jumping. When Cyril Light of the Brendon Stud in Sussex, England, offered him a job as second stable jockey to jumper Simon Trent, he chose the latter option.
Club / Team The Billy Stud: Dorking, ENG
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Pippa
Residence Dorking, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Breeder, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English