Date: November 2016

OLYMPIAN PIPPA FUNNEL JOINS SSANGYONG AS ITS FIRST BRAND AMBASSADOR

One of the UK’s top horsewomen and a member of the 2016 Olympic Team GB, Pippa Funnell MBE has become the first brand ambassador for SsangYong, Korea’s oldest 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.

Pippa Funnell receives the keys to her SsangYong Rexton from Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong UK
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Pippa will represent the brand at all the major equestrian events she attends during 2017, and will drive a four-wheel-drive SsangYong Rexton which with its 3-tonne towing capacity can easily tow a large horse trailer complete with two eventers.

Commented Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, “As a manufacturer of authentic four-wheel drive vehicles noted for their off-road and towing capabilities, the equestrian market is an audience we value enormously, and we are privileged to have a horsewoman of Pippa’s standing representing the brand.  We very much look forward to working with her, and watching her compete at events such as the South of England International Horse Trials, which we also sponsor.”

Pippa Funnell added: “I am delighted to become an ambassador for SsangYong which is a real thoroughbred in its field.  Competing in the world of eventing requires early starts and long days, and I greatly appreciate the support from Paul Williams and his team.  Having been driving a Rexton for a couple of months now I have been nothing but impressed with the way it drives.  I took it to France for Le Lion D'Angers World Championships for 6 and 7 year olds.  It was a thrilling end to the season with Billy Walk On having won the SsangYong South of England Horse Trials in September, and he went on to win individual silver at this prestigious event."

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Notes to editors

Pippa Funnell
In 2003 Pippa Funnell became the first person to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing (consecutive wins at Kentucky, Badminton & Burghley). She also won Badminton in 2002 and 2005, and at the European Championships she’s won two Individual golds (1999-2001) and three team golds (1999-2003).  She is a three-time Olympic medallist, winning team silver in 2000 and 2004, and an individual bronze in 2004.

SsangYong - made in Korea
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK.  Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer.  There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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Ref: SY51/2016