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Pippa Funnell: Take the Reins (PC CD)
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- For the first time, the action takes place in a school, with students older than in the previous game
- The player can organize her activities thanks to a new timetable interface
- The adventure takes place in Scotland, but also in Morocco and in the United States.
- 6 conquests and 18 different rides to practice
- A new type of gameplay will offer the player the possibility to really interact with her horse, understand its needs and gain its trust
- Motion captured horses enables the player to feel more in the game
- The champion (Pippa Funnell) is in the game, as a real 3D character
- A new type of gameplay will offer the player the possibility to really interact with her horse, understand its needs and gain its trust.
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Congratulations! You have been selected to attend the prestigious Sycamores Riding School in Scotland!Discover life at a school with the students that are just as enthusiastic about horse riding as you are. Improve your skills, make new friends and become the champion of the academy. Travel to Scotland, Morocco and the United States and compete in challenging competitions.
Exclusive Pippa Funnell interview
We caught up with Pippa Funnell to chew the cud. She was lovely. These are the words
So how are the horses today, Pippa?
All the horses are very well and seem pleased to have started competing again. The season started at the beginning of March and will run through to October. Today the young horses had a day off and went out in the field as they competed yesterday and the older ones had plenty of work because they run in a competition tomorrow.
When did you realise you wanted to work with horses and what made you want to start?
I've always ridden horses - I used to ride before school every morning or, if I couldn't, after school. There are some people who started three-day eventing later in life, but it is one of those sports that, the younger you start, the more advantage you eventually have. Starting young, you learn your balance naturally. I've been doing this sport seriously since I was 16.
We didn't have any land or stables when I was growing up, but my mother had a horse that she kept a mile away. I had my first pony when I was six. The sports commentator Raymond Brookes-Ward was my godfather and, when his sons had grown out of it, he let me have Pepsi, their pony. I was a member of the local pony club from when I was seven to when I left home at 16. I did a few Pony Club tests, although I think I failed the last one I took.
What was the first competition you won and how old were you?
I cannot remember the first but I know it was on my first pony called Pepsi and I know it was a Gymkana event, something like the bending race. I would have been 6 years old.
Describe your typical day working in the stables?
The horses have their breakfast at 7am and then they are mucked out and hayed by my girls who are a huge part of the team. This I did for many years until I was in a position when I could pay for staff, now I help when I am short staffed and over holiday periods. After pottering around the house catching up with wifely chores and maybe spending some time on the phone or in the office, I try to be on the first horse by 8am, from then on it is riding all day, with the occasional coffee or tea break. No time to stop for lunch. There are 12 horses to be worked, and l try and ride anything from six to eight a day, the rest are hacked out by the girls. We try and aim to feed at 5.30 and are finished just after that. Then its into the office and onto the phone keeping in touch with the owners of the horses and returning calls which I have missed during the day. Then back to being a wife and cooking supper or food shopping or washing. I then collapse in a heap onto the sofa before I collapse into bed.
What do you think of the digital version of yourself, and why did you decide to get involved with creating a computer game?
It is great being in digital because I dont look so old and havent got so many wrinkles. I think there are many girls and possibly a few boys that are pony mad, and many of them might well live in towns or are not fortunate enough to have a pony, so the game gives them a real insight into what the horse world is about and who knows, one of them could be inspired by the game and become a future champion.
Horses aside what's your favourite animal?
Apart from horses I adore dogs especially my two. But I am a serious lover of all animals.
If you were confined to a desert island, with only three products from Amazon.co.uk for comfort, what would you choose? What advice would you give to people who have played the game and fancy getting into eventing? What have you got planned for the rest of today?Sadly the day is over for me and I have to get up at 4am in the morning to drive to a competition in Norfolk with three horses. No one else drives my lorry so I am a trucker as well!
I would say dreams can come true, but boy do you need to put a huge amount of work in and have plenty of patience, dedication and determination and a whole heap of luck. It's a very long staircase but worth climbing up.
What advice would you give to people who have played the game and fancy getting into eventing?
What have you got planned for the rest of today?Sadly the day is over for me and I have to get up at 4am in the morning to drive to a competition in Norfolk with three horses. No one else drives my lorry so I am a trucker as well!See all Product Description
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You are a teenage girl who has been acepted to a riding school, along with four other pupils. The first thing you do is exciting, and get's you gripped right away! After completing the first task, you're given your timetable, which has set tasks on it for the first few days ( a day has four subjects. You can do as many days at a time as you want) and then you get to pick your own subjects.
As you progress threw the game, your horse becomes more able, and you start doing harder courses. After every week, there is a competition, and to get into it you have to have met the standards for that week. The standards are Popularity, Horse Level, Dressage, Show Jumping, and Cross Country.
Show jumping is the funnest part of the game in my opinion. The jumps are nicely painted, and ti feels good to get a clear round (no faults).
The glitches in the game are after competitions or during cut scenes. However, if you play the disk again straight away, and re-do the bit you just did before it crashed, the game should continue without another problem at that bit. However, if you go away for a while, then load the disk again, it will crash again.
Overall, I would say this game is very good. Have a notebook on you though, as you need to write some things down!
The game uses StarForce copy protection on the disk, which is usually not a problem for me. Unfortunately, every time I attempt to run this game it comes up with a debug error and refuses to go further. From what research I have done, this seems to be an error generated by StarForce rather than by the game itself. The usual advice is to update drivers, etc, which I have done, but the game still refuses to work. Thus, I am rather disappointed with the poor quality of this product and would caution people to think seriously about purchasing it. It is possible that you may be one of the lucky ones who can actually run the game without any trouble, but do you really want to risk it?
I tried this on a Windows 98, where it didn't work, and then on an XP, which does work.
It's a great game but you should be prepared for all the bugs (if you get them) and you need a bit of skill on a keyboard.
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Absolutely awful, I previously owned this game and it worked fine on this very computer. I install one purchased from you and my entiire computer screws up after the reboot and im... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Calliope
Absolutely awful. I'm having to have my PC repaired because of this game! If I can't fix it myself I will be returning this and asking for a full refund. Read morePublished 14 months ago by livewire92
I'm sure it worked fine but not for windows 8. Didn't even load the game because of the software it needed to install first which crashed my laptop leaving me needing to wipe the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maddy
Doesn't work at all because of the star force programme. As soon as you install the game it tells you to reboot and then It uninstalls the gamePublished 16 months ago by Bethany Cross
It destroyed my computer and now it won't start, so I bought a new one and it destroyed it too... Seriusly????Published 16 months ago by Annie Engström
I've never played Pippa funnel on PC I only have one the Wii but I don't know how good it is but I seem to be confused of how to download it or it was not functioning properlyPublished 18 months ago by Georgina Wood