Billy Buckingham and William Funnell competed at the World Equestian Games in Tyron for the GBR team.
Day 1 Speed
The first of the team of four to come forward. Drawn early on in the field of starters they posted an impeccable round to leave all fences untouched within a time of 87.25 seconds. Talking afterwards William commented about his homebred horse, who’s sire is Billy Congo on whom he won a Team Bronze at the 2013 European Championships in Herning, by saying “He’s not the fastest horse, so I wasn’t expecting to come out in the lead, but I was really pleased with the way he jumped in there, he jumped really well. It’s a good start, and hopefully he jumps as well tomorrow and the next day and I can do a good job for the team.”
Day 2 Team Jumping Round 1
Billy Buckingham was incredibly unlucky to pick up 4 penalties at the water as a result of a light touch of the tape plus a time fault as a result of being just 100th of a second over the time allowed. Talking afterwards Will said “I didn’t envisage I was anywhere near it [the water jump] but apparently he just put one foot back, so that was disappointing but I was really pleased with the horse. It’s his first championships; I thought he jumped well, the time was always tight, but I wouldn’t have changed too much. It’s a tough course, it’s technical, but he’s a big jumper and he proved today he can do it, very pleased with him.”
Day 3 Team Jumping Round 2
Billy Buckingham took the role of pathfinder. A fence down early on in the course followed by the middle part of the combination, which caught many, along with a front pole of an oxer towards the latter end of the course saw them pick up 13 penalties for finishing just outside the time to become the drop score. Talking afterwards Will said “It’s the fourth day that they’ve been jumping and he’s a big horse but it’s the same for everybody; it would have been nice to finish on a better note but I am still pleased with him. He was only back a couple of weeks before Hickstead earlier this season so this is only his sixth or seventh show so it’s all come quite quick for him but he’s had a good year.”