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We are very proud to follow our Billy Stud horses throughout their careers in sport, our team dedicates their time nurturing our horses from foals up to the point of sale. It is wonderful to watch so many sold Billy horses finding success, building on the foundations that were laid during their young education with us

Billy Alpen
Cardento x Animo | 2012 Gelding

Buyer: Paris Sellon USA

Level Competing: 1.60m


Jumping World Cups and 5* Grand Prix’s with Erin Ballard CAN

Billy Manjaro
Animo x Cevin Z | 2010 Gelding

Buyer: Vlock Show Stabes

Level Competing: 1.55m


Jumped 4* level with both Darragh Kenny IRE & Jack Towell USA

Billy Kiara
Billy Mexico x Billy Congo | 2012 Mare

Buyer: Mr Lignelli

Level Competing: 1.45m


Ridden to huge success by Alexa Lignelli USA in the High Junior Classes, Winner GCT 2* Miami

Billy Utah
Cevin Z x Vechta | 2015 Mare

Buyer: Louisa Church

Level Competing: 1.45m 7 yr old YH


Winner of the 7yr old Championship Sunshine Tour 2022 with Jessica Burke IRE

Billy Tudor
Cevin Z x Animo | 2012 Stallion

Buyer: Bourne Hill Stables

Level Competing: 1.55m


Jumped up to 4* level with Jane Annett GBR aswell as having many exciting progeny

Billy Mexico x Lupin Z | 2012 Mare

Buyer: Geir Gulliksen

Level Competing: 1.60m


Many top results at the 5* Global Champions tour shows with Bertram Allen IRE

Billy Guilder
Billy Congo x Cavalier Royale | 2009 Gelding


Level Competing: 1.65m


3rd in the $500,000 HITS Grand Prix, Ocala with Rowan Willis AUS

Billy Mexico
Cevin Z x Le Mexico | 2005 Stallion

Buyer: Vani Khosla

Level Competing: 1.50m


Hugely successful career on the American circuit with Vani Khosla USA, his progeny speak for themselves now competing at 1.60m level

Billy Trysil
Plot Blue x Billy Congo | 2013 Gelding

Buyer: Dean Vernon

Level Competing: 1.50m

Competed in Young Rider Nations Cups and at the Youth Championships in Aachen with Ava Vernon GBR

Billy Dorito
Billy Mexico x Vechta | 2010 Gelding

Buyer: Vlock Show Stables

Level Competing: 1.60m


Very Successful on the American Circuit with both Darragh Kenny IRE & Stephen Moore IRE

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Pippa Funnell

Twenty years after winning her first National Championship with Sir Barnaby, Pippa Funnell is firmly established as one of the world’s leading three day event riders.


Throughout a long career, Pippa has consistently been at the top of 3 Day Eventing having cemented her place back in 2003 when she achieved a landmark record by winning the Rolex Grand Slam (consecutive wins at Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley). As well as a healthy bonus from Rolex, Pippa earned herself a place in the history books as the first person to achieve this feat.


A year later she broke yet more records when she became the first person to win the Blenheim International Horse Trials for an incredible fourth time. This was followed by success at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she helped the team to Silver before taking the individual Bronze medal. Her list of achievements has continued to expand, with Pippa repeatedly placing well at all the major events, and includes claiming both the Badminton and Windsor titles on more than one occasion.


With her best selling autobiography and her range of ‘Pippa Funnell’ computer games continuing to top the game sales charts it’s clear that Pippa’s determination, drive and devotion to her sport, is proving an inspiration to many. Pippa’s appeal continues to grow and with the launch of ‘Tilly’s Pony Tails’, her popularity is set to expand further still.


Away from eventing Pippa has also received many awards which include the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award, the Sports Journalist Association Pat Besford Award for Outstanding Individual Sporting Achievement, as well as being named BBC South’s Sports Personality of the Year and reaching the last five of the overall BBC Sports Personality of the Year.


Pippa was awarded an MBE in 2005.


Pippa is married to international show jumper, William Funnell.

Donal Barnwell

Donal was brought up in a farming family in Co Wexford in the heart of Irelands horse industry and from an early age was involved with horses. He went to agricultural college, graduated and farmed pigs commercially for 3 years until he could resist a career with horses no longer.


His first job was with the late Pat Cash, where he spent 3 years learning the business and developing his own unique philosophy and outlook on selection, breeding and training. Being a farmers son and a stock man gives Donal a unique perspective on horses and accounts for ability to see potential in a horse which others may miss.


Donal is recognised as having one of the best eyes in the business. Overall athleticism and conformation is important but Donal also looks at the head and eye to get a real feel for a horse. Donal moved to England 25 years ago to work for one of Pat Cash’s clients near Maidenhead. Donal developed the business and extended his business contacts in England before setting out on his own.


18 years ago he set up on his own from rented dealing yards near Chichester and 10 years ago moved to his current yard in Kirdford, West Sussex. Historically Donal has specialised in eventers although with The Billy Stud he has broadened out into breeding competition horses for all disciplines.

William Funnell

William began riding ponies as a child on the family farm in Ashford, Kent. He was born into a farming and hunting family. When he was not doing farm duties he would ride the family ponies. At the age of 16 he has the choice of leaving school to start farming, or showjumping. When Cyril Light of the Brendon Stud in Sussex offered him a job as second stable jockey to show jumper Simon Trent, he chose the latter option.


He has had success at the highest level in international show jumping, 2013 has been a great year so far, especially with Billy Congo. After finishing 4th in the London leg of the global champions tour, William went on to jump triple clear in Cannes to finish second, and an unlucky pole in the final round in Monte Carlo prevented him winning the class, but another 2nd place finish meant that he moved up to fourth in the global champions tour ranking list, with over £150,000 worth of winnings from the 2013 global tour season alone. William and Billy Congo finished off the summer in style by being part of the Gold medal winning team at the European Championships.


William and Cortaflex Mondriaan joined the elite ranks of three time Hickstead Derby winner adding the 2009 championship to their wins in 2006 and 2008. Last to go in the international arena they achieved the only clear round of the day and the first clear in the Hickstead Derby for five years, a great achievement for William and his team and their sponsors.


William Funnel is a world-renowned show jumping rider with over 20 years experience at the top of his sport. He has won over 20 International titles and has represented his country all over the world at the highest levels.


He has represented Great Britain on 27 different occasions involving 2 European Champonships and has won over 50 International competitions.


William has been bringing on young horses for some 20 years and has his own philosophy on how this should be done.


Young horses need time to mature and should not be rushed. William tries to give them much more time out in the fields so there bones, ligaments and muscles develop as they would in the wild and at a “natural rate”. While this means that they may mature later than horses of similar age which have been brought on quicker Williams feels they have a more substantial foundation of bone and muscle on which to build.


Each horse is brought on slowly and carefully depending to its attitude and development. All the horses undergo similar work at a early age and are not streamed into eventers or show jumpers. This happens at a much later stage with William taking charge of those that may be destined for show jumping and Pippa Funnell managing the development of those that seem to have the latent skill as eventers. Even when streamed William feels that cross discipline work can still help bring a horse on.