One Win Away From Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing
KYMay 15, 2003Pippa Funnell of Great Britain has completed
a historic second step that has her in an unprecedented position
to possibly become the first winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of
back-to-back wins in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event and the
Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Funnell has positioned
herself to win a $250,000 bonus if she can win the CCI Four Star
at the Burghley Masterfoods event in England in September.
the two-time defending European champion who helped Great Britain
win team Silver Medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at last
years World Equestrian Games, 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. Since the start
of the Rolex Grand Slam in 1998, she is the first rider to win
two consecutive events to earn a shot at the bonus that goes to
any rider who wins three Rolex Grand Slam Events in a row.
is an incredible achievement, said 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 two in a row is a great achievement. Olympic
champions like Blyth Tait and David OConnor have come close,
but this is the first time a rider has managed two wins in succession
and all eyes will be on Pippa as she goes for history at Burghley
will seek to complete the Rolex Grand Slam at Burghley, September
4-7. While the challenge is daunting, the 34-year-old is unfazed.
Yes there will be added pressure, she said, but
I have the best string of horses Ive ever had. For sure,
I intend to give it my best shot."
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