Press by Ellie Kelly Media, Horse Scout Team
The London International Horse Show at Olympia has been happy hunting ground for our ambassador William Funnell, for a number of decades. This year William brings two “Billy” horses Billy McCain and Billy Angelo to the line-up. Both horses have been bred by the world famous Billy Stud, a joint venture between William and Donal Barnwell.
Billy McCain is a flashy grey nine year old gelding owned by Denise Stamp and has been causing a stir on the international circuit. He is by Cevin Z, a former Grand Prix jumper who William competed. The dam sire is an Irish Sport horse by Cruising out of a Sky Boy Mare. This season he has stepped up to CSI 5* competitions, including competing in the FEI World Cup in Oslo in October.
Billy Angelo is an old timer on the showjumping. The 14 year old chestnut gelding is by Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve out of a Kroongraaf mare has been competing in the Global Champions Tour as well as having 10 FEI wins under his belt.
Horse Scout has supported both William and the Billy Stud in a number of ways in 2017. We have been promoting the Billy Stud bloodlines via our Global Equestrian Platform including providing media coverage of the Billy Stud auction.
Our employment services provided the Funnell team with a key work rider Jay Hijazi who has been with them over 12 months. Jay told us: “Working at the Billy Stud has been an amazing experience. Just incredible”.
Through our product placement, we also secured JinStirrup Dynamik irons for William Funnell. A cutting edge stirrup with a new product line appearing in 2018.