Britain loses second WEG eventing horse to injury

Pippa Funnell (GBR) and Billy Beware
Pippa Funnell (GBR) and Billy Beware at Badlinton earlier this season. © Steph Freeman

Britain has lost its second team eventing horse for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with Pippa Funnell’s Billy Beware sidelined through injury.

His withdrawal follows Izzy Taylor’s Allercombe Ellie earlier this month, after the mare had a minor setback.

Following his last run at Aston-Le-Walls on July 18, Billy Beware showed signs of lameness, and he will not be ready for WEG. British Eventing said the lameness is still being investigated but his scans are so far clear.

Owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke, Billy Beware is a 10-year-old gelding by Kannan.

Yogi Breisner, Eventing Chef d’Equipe said: “It is always unfortunate when a squad member has to pull out, but Billy Beware is a very promising horse and I am looking forward to seeing him back competing in the future”.

The replacements for Billy Beware and Allercombe Ellie will be announced in the coming weeks.

The squad named by BE last month also comprised Tina Cook (De Novo News), William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning), Zara Phillips (High Kingdom), and Oliver Townend (Black Tie II).

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