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Friday, September 05, 2008  •  15:32 GMT

Billy Shannon ridden by Pippa Funnell wins the final of the Burghley YEH final for 5 year olds.  Bill Henson (left)with Donal Barwell, co-breeder with the Funnells of Billy Shannon.

Billy Shannon ridden by Pippa Funnell wins the final of the Burghley YEH final for 5 year olds. Bill Henson (left)with Donal Barwell, co-breeder with the Funnells of Billy Shannon.

PIPPA RIDES A WINNER

Pippa Funnell won her fifth Burghley Young Event Horse title winning the five-year-old final with Billy Shannon at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Third into the arena this morning Pippa and Shannon set the standard – gaining high marks for dressage, show jumping and conformation. They held the lead going into the final phase of suitability and potential for the top ten horses. After being pulled in second their lead could not be threatened and the title was theirs.

Billy Shannon however not only took the title but also the prize for the highest placed mare – only the third time a mare has won the class – as well as the prize for the ‘best British-bred’ – the first time a horse has won all three prizes at once. The mare, winner of the British Eventing breeding championships qualifier at Firle recently was bred by owner The Billy Stud – a partnership between Pippa’s husband William and Irish horse dealer and producer Donal Barnwell to breed and produce sport horses. She is by the French international show jumper Kannan, a son of Voltaire and as a three-year-old had a foal by the stud’s stallion Billy Congo winner of the seven-year-old British championship last month. “She is a lovely mare,” said Pippa who has ridden few mares over the years. “She has a lovely temperament and is so trainable and looks so far to have all the credentials to make a top horse.”

Veteran rider John Marsden – who first rode at Burghley over 30-years ago – was second on Bay My Hero, an Irish-bred gelding by Cult Hero owned by Catherine Witt, who also owns Mr Dumbledore currently in the lead of the CCI**** with Ruth Edge. The dark bay showed his metal with a rousing gallop to gain top marks in the final section from judge, Eric Smiley.

Emily Chandler, who has also won this class before, was third with Beeswing II. Another mare this one was bred in The Netherlands and is by Sheraton, a son of show jumping star Indoctro. She was bought for her owner Gilly Kinloch as a two-year-old.

Oxfordshire based rider Michael Jackson was fourth with Carolyn Bates Wish Upon a Star, one of two stallions in the final. The good looking chestnut is by Dutch grand prix dressage stallion Gribaldi.

Results:
1) Billy Shannon (P Funnell) 89.5
2) Bay My Hero (J Marsden) 85.5
3) Beeswing II (E Chandler) 82.0
4) Wish Upon A Star (M Jackson) 82.0
5) Night Porter (C Anderson) 81.5
6) Red Canasta (T Davies) 81.0
7) Cariba 15 (Ben Hobday) 80.0
8) Fernhill Highlight (B Kenyon) 78.0
9) Deli Star Hero (S Wynne-Morris) 78.0
10) Isle Be There (G Knox) 75.5