Introducing Theo Funnell Our New Sponsored Rider

Posted by Gilly 25/08/2019 0 Comment(s) Sponsored Riders,

Theo Funnell Sponsored Rider of Barnstaple Equestrian SuppliesMeet Theo Funnell The Latest Addition To Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies Sponsored Riders Scheme

By customers supporting us at Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies, I am now in a fortunate position to offer support to a select range of riders in our area. 

Our latest to have been spotted as a worthy member of our team of sponsored riders is a talented, committed young gentleman called Theo Funnell.  Theo competes his own 7 year old Irish Sports Horse, Dora, whom he has schooled himself.

Theo and Dora's first eventing season has proved to be a rewarding one.  A win at Milfield in their first BE100 was followed by their Reginal Final at Llanymynech where they finished on their dressage score of 29.3 to take 4th place, qualifing for Badminton Grassroots Championships in May 2020.

Together they have had all but 2 top 10 placings, 5th at the BRC Arena Eventing Championships, They won the BRC Area Eventing Qualifiers and went on to help their team come 3rd at the BRC 
NAF Superflex JUNIOR HT 100 Team Eventing Championships held at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian.

Whilst Dora will now have some down time before a Winter of Dressage and Showjump in preparation for Badminton,  Theo will be busy looking after his other horses alongside schooling horses for other owners not to mention keeping busy with his other sport of boxing!   

We are looking forward to offering support to Theo and Dora's on their journey and I'm sure our customers and followers on social media, will enjoying following their journey as much as we will.  Remember it is by supporting us here at Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies which allows us to pass it on!!   

One very good reason to shop local and support us at Barnstaple Equestrian Supplies.

We would like to thank those suppliers who have worked with is in our Sponsored Riders Scheme



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Meet Theo Funnell a horse focused 15 year old living near Holsworthy in Devon. Theo has ridden all his life and is proving that investing time with youngsters, building trust and teamwork together pays off.  With 9 horses on the yard at home and riding for other owners he is keept busy and focused on his dream to have his own yard.


My love of horses came from my mum. When I leave school I am hoping to run my own yard where we are now. My passion is Eventing but I enjoy Dressage and Showjumping through the winter too.

Theo currently has two horses of his own,  Macaroni and Dora, both of which came over from Ireland and  produced from scratch by Theo to now be competing at BE100.


I prefer it when we bring on horses on ourselves,  you get to know each other inside out and there’s just no better feeling than the trust built this way.
I am very lucky enough to have 3 show jumpers who I'm currently taking through the levels of BS. I am also studying Equine Behaviour and Training at University to go alongside my experience in the equine industry.


Theo also rides for other owners. 


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