Australia & GB lead at Tattersalls 2013

Pippa Funnel during the Dressage on Thursday

Pippa Funnel during the Dressage on Thursday


Pippa Funnel during the Dressage on


Australian Bill Levett & Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell currently leading after Dressage Phase of Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in association with


Australian Bill Levett, riding Silk Stone completed his dressage test on a score of 49.2 and are currently lying in first position in the George Mernagh Memorial CIC*** class at Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in association with Horse Sport Ireland.

Best of the Irish is Olympian Mark Kyle riding Coolio, finishing his dressage test on a score of 52.9 to put him into third place.

Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell is currently leading in the Irish Field CCI*** class with her mount Billy Beware heading into the cross country phase of the competition tomorrow.

The much anticipated Cross Country phase of the Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair in association with Horse Sport Irelandstarts early tomorrow morning, Saturday 1st June with the first competitor on course at 8.30am.


The Irish Field CCI*** Dressage Results (after Dressage)

1 Pippa Funnell (GB) on Billy Beware (40.4)

2 Pippa Funnell (GB) on Billy Landretti (46.5)

=3 Billy Levette (AUS) on Improvise (48.5)

=3 Giovanni Ugolotti (ITY) on Stilo Kontika (48.5)

Best of the Irish

=7 Aidan Keogh (IRE) on Master Tredstep (51.7)


George Mernagh Memorial CIC*** Results (after Day 2 of Dressage)

1 Bill Levett (AUS) on Silk Stone (49.2) (PICTURED)

2 David Doel (GB) on Koyuna Sun Magic (42.3)


3 Mark Kyle (IRE) on Coolio






A King among Horses.


It was with a sad heart that I learnt of the Passing of the great King Artus today.

Having made it around the cross country course at Weisbaden, Dirk Schrade’s beautiful Olympic horse, collapsed.

It seems that an Aortic Rupture was the cause of death, and for those of us in the equine world, we know that this can strike any horse at any time.

Our thoughts are with Dirk and his yard who have lost an amazing member of their team.

Badminton Radio – We need more of this!


BHT-SN-2744Well Badminton got off to a great start in the sunshine on Friday Morning!

Not able to be there in person this year, I, like many others, sat at my computer for the day and listened to Badminton Radio.
Now this is the best radio station you’ve ever heard as far as I’m concerned. Commentary on every dressage test, only equestrian news, and great interviews with the riders. What’s not to like?

Well yesterday they went one better. They had Pammy Hutton as a commentator!

This was spectacular, as Pammy knows everyone in the Horse world, and better still knows how the test should be ridden.
She didn’t hold back with her comments, ” A 1? That’s a bit Harsh!” and “Oh a 5 there, can I say that was a bit mean?”
How often have we all felt exactly the same after a dressage test? So wonderful to hear one of the top trainers saying it!

On twitter someone said she was “The Joan Rivers of the Horse world” and even having to have lunch in the judges tent didn’t deter her.

We need more of this. We need to make more use of the fantastic knowledgeable people we have in our industry and let them tell it as it is.
It was a joy to have real insight into what was going on, and my only lament was…this should have been going out on Television.

After the Olympics last year, have the broadcasting authorities not seen that there is an audience for this sport, and a worldwide one at that.

I’ll be tuning into @BHTRadio this morning and following the hashtag #MMBHT to make sure I don’t miss a minute of this years Horse Trials!

We’ll be shouting out for all the Irish Riders and horses, Sarah Ennis and Esib Power are first of the Irish out this morning, But wow what a fantastic test yesterday by Aoife Clark, to push herself into joint 4th with William Fox-Pitt

And if you’re there…bring the sunscreen and the waterproofs!BHT-SN-2735