William Fox-Pitt

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William Fox-Pitt
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William Fox-Pitt and Lionheart competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Personal information
Full name William Speed Lane Fox-Pitt
Nationality  United Kingdom
Discipline Eventing
Born (1969-01-02) 2 January 1969 (age 45)
Hampstead, London, England

William Fox-Pitt (born 2 January 1969, Hampstead) is an English equestrian. He has had notable successes at the Burghley, Badminton, Blenheim and Bramham Horse Trials. He first won the British Open Championships at Gatcombe Park in 1995 and his career highlights include an Olympic team silver medal at both the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and a Team Gold Medal and Individual Silver medal at the World Equestrian Games at Kentucky in 2010. In 2011 he became the first rider to win five different four-star events,[1] having won the Burghley Horse Trials six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011), Rolex Kentucky Three Day three times (2010, 2012, 2014), Stars of Pau twice (2011, 2013) and with single victories at each of the Badminton Horse Trials (2004) and Luhmühlen Horse Trials (2008).

Life[edit]

The eldest son of William Oliver Lane Fox-Pitt (1932-2012, known as Oliver) and Marietta Speed.[2] Educated at Eton and the University of London, Fox-Pitt began riding at age four, and started eventing at age 15. He was born into an equestrian family, with both parents having ridden around Badminton and Burghley and his siblings having been very successful as well.[3] He holds the record for the most wins (six) at the Burghley Horse Trials;[4] William's victories coming in 1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011. Additional major wins have been at the Badminton Horse Trials in 2004, at Gatcombe Park in 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2005, and team golds in European Championships in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2009. He also represented Great Britain at the Atlanta, Athens and Beijing Olympics, winning team silver in Athens and team bronze in Beijing. As of 2006, he was ranked the leading rider in Britain for the sixth year running and 2nd in the world. William is married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Alice Plunkett. They have two sons, Oliver who was born in August 2005 and Thomas, born 15 November 2006, as well as a daughter, Chloe, born in October 2012. William is a regular columnist in the weekly equestrian magazine, Horse & Hound.

In the eventing world, one of his best known partnerships is with the horse Tamarillo.

Career highlights[edit]

William Fox-Pitt and Idalgo at the Hillside during the cross-country phase of Badminton Horse Trials 2009.
William Fox Pitt and Before Time at the Ice Pond during the cross-country phase of the CIC*** (Section K) competition at Chatsworth International Horse Trials 2013.

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • 1st Rolex Kentucky Three Day CCI **** (Cool Mountain)
  • 1st Team Event FEI World Equestrian Games Kentucky (Cool Mountain)

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

  • 5th Le Lion d’Angers (Idalgo)
  • 8th Le Lion d’Angers (Igor de Cluis)
  • 1st Boekelo (Tom Cruise)
  • Team gold and 8th individual European Championships, Punchestown, Ireland (Moon Man)
  • 1st CIC World Cup Qualifier, Thirlestane Castle (Stunning)
  • 1st British Open Championships, Gatcombe Park (Stunning)
  • 2nd British Open Championships, Gatcombe Park (Moon Man)
  • 1st British Intermediate Championships, Gatcombe Park (Tom Cruise II)
  • 1st Luhmühlen Horse Trials CIC *** (Tom Cruise II)
  • 1st Bramham Horse Trials CCI *** (Wallow)
  • 2nd Bramham Horse Trials CCI *** (Ballincoola)
  • 7th Saumur (Coastal Ties)
  • 1st Chatsworth CIC World Cup Qualifier (Stunning)
  • 3rd Rolex Kentucky Three Day CCI **** (Moon Man)

2002

2001

  • 5th and Team gold European Champs, Pau, France (Stunning)
  • 4th Bonn Roderberg CCIO (Barclay Square)
  • 4th Saumur (Stunning)
  • 9th Burghley Horse Trials CCI **** (Springleaze Macaroo)

2000

1999

1997

  • Individual silver and Team gold European Open Championships, Burghley (Cosmopolitan II)
  • 2nd Scottish Open Championships, Thirlestane Castle (Cosmopolitan II)
  • 3rd Badminton Horse Trials CCI **** (Cosmopolitan II)

1996

  • 5th Olympic Games Team Competition, Atlanta, USA (Cosmopolitan II)
  • 6th Bramham Horse Trials CCI *** (Lismore Lord Charles)
  • 5th Boekelo (Mostly Mischief)

1995

  • 6th and Team gold European Open Championships, Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy (Cosmopolitan II)
  • 1st Bramham Horse Trials CCI *** (Cosmopolitan II)
  • 1st British Open Championships, Gatcombe Park (Chaka)
  • 6th Blenheim Horse Trials CCI *** (Loch Alan)
  • 5th Boekelo (Faerie Diadem)

1994

  • 1st Burghley Horse Trials CCI **** (Chaka)
  • 2nd Scottish Open Championships, Thirlestane Castle (Chaka)
  • 7th Punchestown (Thomastown)
  • 2nd British Open Championships, Gatcombe Park (Chaka)

1993

1990

  • 4th and Team gold Young Rider European Championships (Steadfast)
  • 3rd Young Rider National Championships (Faerie Sovereign)

1989

  • Individual bronze and Team silver Young Rider European Championships, Achselschwang, Germany

1988

  • 4th and Team gold Young Rider European Championships, Zonhoven, Belgium (Steadfast)

1987

  • Individual silver Junior European Championships, Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy (Steadfast)
  • 5th Junior National Championships

1985

  • 8th Junior National Championships 1985

Gallery[edit]

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William Fox-Pitt on Idalgo clears the Cottesmore Leap at Burghley Horse Trials, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Fox-Pitt wins Pau, but Mary King takes HSBC FEI Classics". Horse and Hound. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  2. ^ The Telegraph - 08 Feb 2012 - Obituaries - Oliver Fox-Pitt
  3. ^ Fox-Pitt, William. What wil be: The autobiography. ISBN 978-1-4072-2334-6. 
  4. ^ "Fifth Burghley crown for Fox-Pitt". BBC Sport. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008. 

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