Profile: William Fox-Pitt

William Fox-Pitt

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 02/1/1969
Birthplace: Hampstead, London
Residence: England
Height: 1.96 m / 6′ 5″
Status: Active
Career: 1987 – Present

 

 

Biography

William Fox-Pitt was born in 1969 and has ridden from a young age. William started eventing at the age of 15. Encouraged by his parents, both of whom completed Badminton and Burghley, he represented Britain throughout his teens, winning individual Silver at the Junior Europeans in 1987, Young Rider Team Gold medals in successive European Championships in 1988 and 1989 and completing Badminton himself at the age of 20. His first Burghley win five years later established him as a regular on the senior British Team and guaranteed him a ticket to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

 

Fox-Pitt was the first British rider to become eventing’s World No 1, a distinction he achieved in 2002, 2009, 2010 and again in 2014. He has sucessfully represented his country for over the past 20 years, winning many Silver and Bronze medals for both team and individual events. He has won seven team Gold medals at the European Championships and has been the British No 1 eleven times.

 

In 2011 William became the first rider to win a record six Burghley titles (on six different horses) and became one of the first riders to ever win a CCI*, CCI** and CCI*** at the same event on the same day – a feat acheived at Tattersalls, Ireland.

 

William has won an unprecedented 14 CCI****’s, 50 CCI three-day events and 21 CIC one-day events. His achievements in the sport make him one of the most successful British event riders of all time.

 

In 2003 William and his wife, Channel 4 Racing presenter Alice Plunkett, began the development of a 28 stable state of the art training centre in Hinton St Mary, Dorset. Wood Lane Stables opened in 2005 has been home to Fox-Pitt Eventing ever since.

 

In October 2015, a fall at a competition in France left him in a coma for two weeks. After regaining consciousness, he had initial trouble with blindness and then double vision, but was ultimately able to earn a spot on the British team for the 2016 Olympics and returned to international competition with the stallion Chilli Morning.

 

William’s involvement in eventing goes beyond just being a rider. He is a Board Director for the Event Riders Association and has written two books; Schooling For Success and the autobiography What Will Be. William is also Vice President for the Dorset County RDA.

 

Apart from eventing full time William enjoys spending time with his family and fishing on the nearby river Stour.

 

 

Awards

1994 / 2002 / 2005 / 2007/ 2008 / 2011 Burghley winner
2004 / 2015 Badminton winner
2010 / 2012 / 2014 Rolex Kentucky winner

 

 

Fun Facts

Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Eventing Individual, and Equestrian Eventing Team.

 

He has been ranked FEI World number 1 eventing rider 4 times (2002 / 2009 / 2010 / 2014).

 

His hero is Swedish equestrian coach Lars Sederholm.

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