Supreme Rock for Funnell in title defence

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Pippa Funnell will be riding the Pitt-Lewthwaite Syndicate's Supreme Rock at the European Three-Day Event Championships at Pau in France in October.

She will be defending her individual title, as well as the team championship as part of the British quartet who won two years ago in Germany by a massive margin of 98 penalties. Funnell will be joined by fellow silver medallists at last year's Olympics, Jeanette Brakewell and Leslie Law. The team is completed by Rodney Powell, who was expected to ride Flintstone IV in the Olympics until breaking his ankle.

Funnell proved Supreme Rock's continuing good form on Sunday by winning the Scottish Championship at Thirlestane Castle Horse Trials, where Powell and Flintstone finished in fourth place. Remarkably, William Fox-Pitt filled the four other places in the top six – with last year's Blenheim winner, the former Mark Todd mount, Stunning, the best of his quartet in second place.

Fox-Pitt and Kristina Cook (nee Gifford) have been selected for the other two individual places. The six squad members and their horses will go into training at Eddy Stibbe's Waresley Park Stud, near Sandy in Bedfordshire, on Monday 1 October, and depart for Pau the following Saturday.

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