Completes Sweep of Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing
Rider Makes History With Win at Burghley
KYSeptember 8, 2003Pippa Funnell of Great Britain
became the first rider in history to win the Rolex Grand Slam
of Eventing when she rode Primmores Pride to victory at
the Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials in England.
back-to-back wins in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event last April
and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May, Funnell
completed the sweep of the three CCI**** events at Burghley to
win $250,000 and a Pink Gold 18-carat Datejust Rolex watch. The
payoff was the largest in eventing history.
never want to go through such an emotionally-draining experience
again, said Funnell who received her award from Great Britains
Royal Highness, the Princess Royal. After cross country
I felt like a huge weight was off my shoulders and then I just
felt that what was meant to be would be.
is a two-time defending European champion and she helped Great
Britain win team Silver Medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and
2002 World Equestrian Games. She won the Rolex Kentucky Four Star
in late April on Primmores Pride and the Badminton Four
Star in England in early May on Supreme Rock. She completed the
historic sweep on Primmores Pride and now looks forward
to defending her European Championship in just two weeks at Punchestown,
is an amazing accomplishment and Pippa is a most worthy champion,
said the U.S. Equestrian Teams James R. Wolf, who
helped create the Rolex Grand Slam. The level of competition
at these three events is the highest the sport has to offer. For
any rider to win all three consecutively is an unbelievable achievement.
Olympic champions like Blyth Tait and David OConnor have
come close, but this is the first time a rider has managed to
pull it off. This is a great moment for Pippa and for our sport.
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