Pippa Funnell, 43, is out of contention for London 2012 following recent injuries to her top rides, Redesigned and Billy Shannon. The former European champion, who won team silver and individual bronze in the Athens 2004 Olympic three-day event, said she was “devastated”, while British equestrian team performance director, Will Connell, conceded Funnell’s unavailability was a “setback”. The nature of the injuries has not been disclosed.
(I hope both horses heal well.)
Funnell had been vying for the fifth berth alongside Tina Cook, the 2008 bronze medallist, Oliver Townend, Lucy Wiegersma and Zara Phillips, although a further candidate has emerged.
Breisner revealed he is now considering the California-based British passport holder James Alliston, 26, who has won his two most recent three-star internationals in the US and is among the favourites for Kentucky at the end of this month.