Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horsebox: Funnell Gears Up for Series

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Horsebox: Funnell Gears Up for Series

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Byline: NEIL B JONES

WILLIAM Funnell will be defending his Renault Jump title this year as the series returns to county shows across the UK.

The series was an incredible success across the county show circuit last year and, with the Beijing Olympics later this year, will prove to be a platform for future talent to emerge ahead of London in 2012.

Maria Clayton, BSJA Head of Communications, said: "The inaugural Renault Jump series perfectly supported everything we are trying to achieve developing performance riders and - through county shows - opened up our sport to a new audience alongside regular spectators."

As last year, ten rounds will be held at county shows across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the spring and summer, starting with the Devon County Show in May and culminating in the final at the Royal Berkshire Show in September.

Clayton added: "The series is going from strength to strength, and with last year's event generating a huge amount of interest, we're sure that this year's will be even better. …

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