XC Video Analysis: Pippa Funnell and Connie Copestake | An Eventful Life

XC Video Analysis: Pippa Funnell and Connie Copestake


When we started our partnership with the wonderful Windrush Foundation earlier this year, we couldn’t resist asking if they would share some of their coaching analysis with us (and you!)

For those not yet aware (where have you been??) of the Young Eventers’ Programme offered by the Windrush Foundation, it provides young riders, between the age of 21 and 25, with in-depth training opportunities both in and out of the saddle. 

With mentorship from Pippa Funnell, Tim Price and support from Yogi Breisner, plus a surrounding support bubble of education, training and welfare advisors, the programme aims to deliver a 360 degree focus on the skills required to succeed as a professional equestrian athlete.

This year the partnership with An Eventful Life will allow the six members of the 2021 Programme - Alicia Hawker, Will Furlong, Connie Copestake, Yasmin Ingham, India Wishart and Lorenzo Monachesi - to benefit from access to their cross-country videos from a range of events across the UK.  The videos will provide the programme’s riders, and coaches, an additional tool to review performances and analyse what went right and where marginal improvements can be made.

But before the belated 2021 eventing season began in England, the Windrush coaches did some virtual training with the riders via Zoom using previous years’ footage.  

In this video session above, Pippa Funnell and Connie Copestake look through the video of Connie riding El Kolibri at Blenheim International 2019 to analyse where things were good, what can be improved and what to work on in their coming training sessions and competitions.

Pippa quickly finds some fascinating areas to focus on (even though at times her Internet connection was not helping!) and the video shows how anyone can analyse their cross country round more closely by reviewing each fence and finding areas for improvement that can make all the difference.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have Pippa Funnell as a mentor but we can provide analysis by three other fabulous cross country coaches – Lucinda and Lissa Green and Caroline Moore FBHS. Find out more about our cross country video coaching here