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Pippa Looks For Fourth Hickstead Win

Badminton winner and European champion Pippa Funnell, already on the crest of an eventing wave, has her sights firmly set on another landmark win this year - a fourth victory in the showjumper/event rider annual "needle match" at the Golden Jubilee Royal International Horse Show (July 24-28).

The Eventing Grand Prix is a novel mix of eventing and showjumping obstacles which starts and finishes in Hickstead's famous International Arena but with the middle section threading through showground owner Douglas Bunn's garden!

Pippa, with Anne Burnet's mare The Tourmaline Rose, has won three of the four runnings of this innovative competition where victory has so far eluded the showjumpers - although last year Michael Whitaker ran her a very close second.

The Eventing Grand Prix also pairs off riders from each discipline, with individual scores amalgamated to find a winner. One pair in the Pairs Challenge will be sponsored by Jumpers Horseline, while new fence sponsor Devoucoux will be branding one of the cross country fences.

This year, the Eventing Grand Prix will be run on Friday, July 26.


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