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Friday, September 04, 2009  •  14:16 BST

Pippa Funnell on 5 year stallion Billy Be Cool winner of the Dubarry Young Event 5 yeart old final

Pippa Funnell on 5 year stallion Billy Be Cool winner of the Dubarry Young Event 5 yeart old final


International event rider Pippa Funnell claimed her sixth young horse title winning the five-year-old Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse final at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Pippa won the class with last year’s four-year-old winner, the Billy Stud’s stallion Billy Be Cool and for good measure took second place with stable mate Billy Beware.

Billy Be Cool, along with Clayton Fredericks eighth placed ride Sydney Rocks, gained the highest mark for show jumping from judges Malcolm Pyrah and Rosemary Morris and a scored a high 14 out of 15 for conformation from international show judge David Ingle.

The AES licensed stallion is by Vechta an Oldenburg registered son of Voltaire that William Funnell competed internationally. “He has such a lovely attitude for a stallion,” said Pippa in the busy collecting afterwards. “He has evented successfully but ultimately he will probably be more of a breeding stallion – Donal (Barnwell owner of the Billy Stud) earmarked him right at the beginning and left him entire for that reason.”

Antoinette McKeowen deputised for Pippa on Billy Beware in the final section judged by former American Olympic rider Kerry Millikin who pulled the big rangy bay in first. The long striding horse by former international show jumper Kannan gained 10 marks for ‘suitability and potential’ and was one of two to gain the highest marks in the dressage section.

Duarte Seabra took third place on Catherine Witt and Carol Gee’s gelding Ferhill Pimms by the KWPN registered and Irish based Darco son Ard vdl Douglas.

The highest placed mare was the ‘pocket-rocket’ Petit Filou who finished in sixth place under Dee Kennedy and who was third in last year’s final. What she lacked in height she more than made up for with attitude and the German-bred mare scored highly in the jumping section. “She is a lady that knows her own mind,” said Dee who was riding for owner Rosie Black.

Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse – five-year-old final
1) Billy Be Cool (Vechta) – Pippa Funnell 87.5
2) Billy Beware (Kannan) – Pippa Funnell 85.0
3) Fernhill Pimms (Ard VDL Douglas) – Duarte Seabra 79.0
4) Finding Gino (Taloubet VDL) – Matthew Wright 78.0
5) San Remo II (San Giorgio) – Willa Newton 77.5
6) Petit Filou (Polytraum) – Dee Kennedy 77.0