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Gold British Showjumping Elite Stallion Billy Congo gets to wear a bit of British Bling.


Stallions with Grade A performance winnings and having represented their country on either an Olympic/World/European Championship Team, Nations Cup Team and/or won an individual Championship medal at senior level are entitled to wear Gold British Showjumping Elite Stallion Discs on their bridles.

Billy Congo stands at The Billy Stud, a unique joint venture between William Funnell, Pippa Funnell and Donal Barnwell a team that brings together all their experience in showjumping, eventing and breeding.

Their knowledge has created a winning formula for consistently breeding and producing champion sports horses for the future.

Horse Scout has all the Billy Stallions listed on its pages.

But the horse who wears the bling is Billy Congo.

“Billy Congo is one of the most exciting young stallions I have seen. His bloodlines and the ability he is showing in the international arena makes him an ideal choice for my mares.”

John Whitaker

This hugely successful 16.2hh KWPN/Dutch Warmblold black stallion, Billy congo, is by AES & Irish Horse Board Approved stallion Vechta, who is by the famous world class sire Voltaire. Vechta’s extended pedigree carries 3 crosses to influential TB stallions Lucky Boy, Cottage Son and Furioso and top level performance sports horses, these performers and progeny include the great For Pleasure, Heisman, Faust Z and Maximillian Voltucky, Champion young stallion at the SHB (GB) stallion grading.

Billy Congo’s young stock are now showing their potential. In 2011 Billy Umbongo was joint winner of the Four Year Old Championships at the Addington, the Following year he jumped clear everyday to pick up the bonus for the british bred 5yr olds. 2014 has seen Billy Umbongo go on his first sunshine tour to Spain and jumped numerous clear rounds in the 7yr old classes. Billy Cool is a Black mare by Billy Congo, as a six year old she was clear everyday in the 6yr old championship at the Welsh masters, and in 2014 she finished on the spainish sunshine tour by coming 4th in the 7yr old final. Billy Onslow is now an 8yr old and has gone from strength to strength, in 2013 he was double clear in a 1.40m jump off class at the Royal Windsor horse show, he was 3rd in the 7yr old final in Maubage, and jumped clear rounds in the 1.45m classes at the CSI5* show in Hickstead which was a big test for a 7yr old. At The Burghley Young Event Horse Competition in 2010 Billy Pastime ridden by Pippa Funnell was 5th in the 4 year old section, and is now competing at CIC2* Level.

His successful progeny and as a Grade A show jumper himself, Billy Congo’s own competition results show that he a sound choice for breeding performace. Billy Congo was bred, trained and produced by Britain’s William Funnell at The Billy Stud. He won the 7 Year Old Championship at the British Young Horse Championships in 2008. In 2007, as a 6-year-old he was 2nd in the Young Horse Championships and in 2006, aged five, he was 3rd. Billy Congo and Funnell and accumulated a many Grand Prix successes and key Nations Cup performances. In 2013, the pair won a European Team Gold medal. By the end of 2012, Billy Congo is estimated to have won in excess of £100,000.  In the 2013 season € 175,540  and the 2012 season € 13,380 His total purse is somewhere in the region of £500,000

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