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FOX-PITT William
Sport Dressage, Eventing, Jumping
NOC Great Britain   
GenderMale
Born02 Jan 1969 in London, ENG
Height1.98 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sturminster Newton, ENG
Higher education Language Studies - French - Goldsmiths, University of London: England
General Interest
Hobbies Breeding chickens, spending time with his family, fishing with his sons. (foxpitteventing.co.uk, 30 May 2021; horseandhound.co.uk, 27 Jun 2019)
Injuries He suffered a head trauma after falling at the 2015 World Young Horse Championships in Le Lion-d'Angers, France. He spent a month in an induced coma in France before continuing his rehabilitation at a hospital in Dorset, England. Doctors told him he could return to competition in March 2016. "I remember very little of the fall, which is a good thing. During my recovery I realised that I might never compete again and asked myself if I wanted to do it. But I've put that thought out of my head and it's onwards and upwards." (bbc.co.uk, 23 Mar 2016; derbyhouse.co.uk, 22 Mar 2016; bbc.co.uk, 19 Oct 2015)

Groin injuries caused him to miss the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2002 Badminton Horse Trials in England. (olympics.org.uk, 28 Nov 2007; bbc.co.uk, 22 Jul 2004)

He broke the tibia bone in his lower leg in March 1998. (bbc.co.uk, 22 Jul 2004)
Famous relatives His wife Alice Plunkett has worked as a horse racing presenter on British television. She also competed in eventing and rode as a jockey. His mother Marietta represented Great Britain in eventing, while his father William competed in the horse trials at Badminton and Burghley in England. (foxpitteventing.co.uk, 30 May 2021; equestrianteamgbr.co.uk, 23 Apr 2013; britisheventing.com, 29 Sep 2012; jcssport.co.uk, 04 May 2010; bbc.co.uk, 22 Jul 2004)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? Both his parents competed in eventing. He was encouraged to take up the sport by his mother Marietta, who was involved with the West Street Hunt branch of the Pony Club in England. "My first memory of the sport is going to watch my mother compete, but I wasn't interested in eventing as a career then. My brother was the better rider at the time and I was more interested in athletics."
General Interest
Hero / Idol Swedish equestrian coach Lars Sederholm, British eventer Mary King. (bestinthecountry.blogspot.co.uk, 19 Oct 2015; standard.co.uk, 25 Jul 2012)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age four, and got into eventing at age 15. "My first pony was called Mini Monster. She was very kind and I was very nervous."
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages French, English
General Interest
Nicknames Captain Sensible, WFP (Twitter profile, 14 Sep 2014; omnilexica.com, 23 Apr 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Ultimately you've got to have a passion. The results are really just a bonus." (townandcountrymag.co.uk, 20 Jul 2017)
Other information STABLES
In 2003 he and his wife Alice Plunkett developed a 28-stable training centre at Wood Lane Stables in Dorset, England. They also run the Fox-Pitt Eventing Club and Fox-Pitt Equestrian Consulting, a specialist equestrian design and build team. (foxpitteventing.co.uk, 31 Oct 2021)

COACHING
In 2022 he was appointed head trainer of the Brazilian national eventing team. "I was very flattered to be asked. I am looking at getting into training more and riding less as I get older. I enjoy my training roles, it's a natural progression and I'm looking forward to that next part of the journey. I don't expect to be on the British team this year [2022] so there should be no conflict there, but they [the Brazilian team] had to be happy I am still on the British programme and riding at five-star. I thought it was a great opportunity. The Brazilians don't have many riders, but they have some good ones and I thought it would be a good team to be involved in, see if I can help and where we can go from our first year. It's a new venture for me to train a team and be involved in selection so it'll be very exciting." (eventingnation.com, 10 Nov 2022; horseandhound.co.uk, 30 May 2022)

SIDE EFFECTS FROM FALL
He has issues with his memory as a result of an accident at the 2015 World Young Horse Championships in Le Lion-d'Angers, France, where he sustained a major head trauma. "The doctors said it would take five years to recover completely. My memory is still slow. I'm forgetful, particularly with names. I have to make word associations and write things down." (horseandhound.co.uk, 27 Jun 2019)

AFFECTION FOR BURGHLEY
He first won at Burghley in 1994, and went on to become the first rider to win Burghley six times, each time on a different horse. "It must be my favourite event of all time. It's a real test of horse and rider. I went there [in 1994] with this amazing old boy, Chaka, and I thought I had quite a good horse under me, but it never crossed my mind that I was going to win. But I think the lack of doubt is probably why it happened - I hadn't won at that level before, I was only 25, but I thought I would have a go. It really changed everything. At that point, people started to take me a bit more seriously - until then I was just seen a university student who had ridden a few nice horses, was a lucky boy and could ride across country, but no one thought I could do anything else. And I think they suddenly thought, 'Oh, maybe he can ride'." (foxpitteventing.co.uk, 30 May 2021; Horse & Hound Soundcloud channel, 01 Sep 2020)
Last Update
  07 Jun 2022
General Interest
Awards and honours In June 2018 he was made Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. (fei.org, 11 Jun 2018)

He was presented with the Eventing Award at the 2016 Animal Health Trust [AHT] UK Equestrian Awards in England. He received the honour in recognition of recovering from a serious head trauma in time to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (aht.org.uk, 28 Oct 2016)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Fox-Pitt Eventing: England
General Interest
Milestones His win in the 2011 Burghley Horse Trials in England made him the most decorated rider in the event's history with six victories. In 2002 he became the first British rider to be ranked number one in the world for eventing. (inside.fei.org, 2015; bbc.co.uk, 04 Sep 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the Burghley Horse Trials in England for the first time in 1994. (horseandhound.co.uk, 05 Sep 2020)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) LIONHEART 27 2
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) PARKMORE ED 12 3
2004 OG-C Athens (GRE) TAMARILLO RET 2
1996 OG-C Atlanta GA (USA) Cosmopolitan 5 5
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) COOL MOUNTAIN 2 1
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) TAMARILLO 15 2
2002 4th WEG-C Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) TAMARILLO 14 3
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-EU-C3* Malmö (SWE) CHILLI MORNING 3 6
2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) HENTON FOR FUN WD  
2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) LUXURY F H WD  
2013 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) TOP BIATS WD  
2011 CH-EU-C3* Luhmühlen (GER) COOL MOUNTAIN 7 3
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) FERNHILL HIGHLIGHT 4  
2010 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) BAY MY HERO 6  
2009 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) OSLO 2  
2009 CH-EU-C3* Fontainebleau (FRA) IDALGO DU DONJON 4 1
2008 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) OSLO 1  
2008 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) NEUF DES COEURS 12  
2005 CH-EU-C3* Blenheim (GBR) TAMARILLO 2 1
2004 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) GIDRAN SOHAJ 18  
2004 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) JAZZ DE LA FOSSE 22  
2003 CH-EU-C3* Punchestown (IRL) MOON MAN 8 1
2001 CH-EU-C3* Pau (FRA) STUNNING 6 1
1997 CH-EU-C3* Burghley (GBR) COSMOPOLITAN II 2 1
1995 CH-EU-C3* Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) COSMOPOLITAN II 5 1
1990 CH-EU-Y-C2* Rotherfield Park (GBR) Steadfast 4 1
1989 CH-EU-Y-C2* Achselschwang (GER) Steadfast 4 2
1987 CH-EU-J-C1* Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA) Steadfast 2  
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2008 CIC-W Final Deauville (FRA) KALEIDOSCOPE RET  
2005 CIC-W Final Malmö (SWE) BALLIN COOLA 4  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) SEACOOKIE TSF 1  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) SEACOOKIE TSF 2  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) NEUF DES COEURS 3  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) COOL MOUNTAIN 3  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) LIONHEART 4  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) PARKLANE HAWK 4  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) PARKLANE HAWK 5  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) NEUF DES COEURS 15  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) OSLO 53  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) CHILLI MORNING RET  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) NEUF DES COEURS RET  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) PARKLANE HAWK 1  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) PARKLANE HAWK 3  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) BAY MY HERO 4  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) CHILLI MORNING 5  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) SEACOOKIE TSF RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) OSLO 1  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) PARKLANE HAWK 1  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) LIONHEART 3  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) NEUF DES COEURS 4  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MACCHIATO 9  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) COOL MOUNTAIN 13  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) NAVIGATOR 15  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) NEUF DES COEURS 18  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MACCHIATO 25  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) COOL MOUNTAIN 1  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) NAVIGATOR 2  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) SEACOOKIE TSF 2  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MACCHIATO 6  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MACCHIATO 34  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) SEACOOKIE TSF WD  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) IDALGO DU DONJON 2  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MACCHIATO 5  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) SEACOOKIE TSF 6  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) SEACOOKIE TSF 8  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) MACCHIATO 17  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) NAVIGATOR 23  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MACCHIATO RET  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MACCHIATO 1  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) TAMARILLO 1  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 2  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 3  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) IDALGO DU DONJON 11  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) TAMARILLO 18  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) PARKMORE ED 1  
2007 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 5  
2006 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 6  
2006 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 9  
2006 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER) BIRTHDAY NIGHT 11  
2006 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) IDALGO DU DONJON 19  
2006 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) MR DUMBLEDORE RET  
2006 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) TAMARILLO WD  
2006 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) COUP DE COEUR EL  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 1  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) TAMARILLO 2  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) BALLIN COOLA RET  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) TAMARILLO 1  
2004 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) BALLIN COOLA 4  
2004 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) COASTAL TIES 11  
2004 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 11  
2003 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) MOON MAN 3  
2003 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) HIGHLAND LAD 22  
2003 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) BALLIN COOLA 28  
2002 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) HIGHLAND LAD 1  
2002 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) TAMARILLO 2  
2002 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) STUNNING 4  
2002 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) MOON MAN 7  
1997 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) COSMOPOLITAN II 3  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   TOP BIATS 1  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   LUXURY F H 19  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   LUXURY F H 19  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK WD  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   BAY MY HERO WD  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   COOL MOUNTAIN WD  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CIC3* Bramham (GBR)   CHILLI MORNING 1  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   FREDDIE MAC 3  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   LUXURY F H 2  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   TOP BIATS 3  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   TOPAZE DU PLAIN 17  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   HENTON FOR FUN 29  
28.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI3* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   GAUCHO RET  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   COOL MOUNTAIN 8  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   TOPAZE DU PLAIN 35  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   REINSTATED 38  
17.05.2014 to 18.05.2014 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   CHILLI MORNING WD  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   COOL MOUNTAIN WD  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK EL  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA)   BAY MY HERO 1  
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA)   SEACOOKIE TSF 9  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   FREDDIE MAC 16  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   SEACOOKIE TSF 1  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   COOL MOUNTAIN 3  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   NEUF DES COEURS 15  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CH-M-YH-CCI1* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA)   TOP BIATS WD  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA)   HENTON FOR FUN WD  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA)   LUXURY F H WD  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   GAUCHO 30  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   FERNHILL PIMMS RET  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   FERNHILL PIMMS 1  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   FREDDIE MAC EL  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   BEFORE TIME EL  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CCI3* Blenheim (GBR)   RUNNING ORDER RET  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK 3  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   NEUF DES COEURS RET  
29.08.2013 to 01.09.2013 CH-EU-C3* Malmö (SWE)   CHILLI MORNING 3 6
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Blair Castle (GBR)   RUNNING ORDER 4  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Blair Castle (GBR)   GAUCHO 22  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Blair Castle (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK RET  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   NEUF DES COEURS 6  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   LIONHEART 9  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK WD  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   NEUF DES COEURS WD  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   FERNHILL PIMMS 14  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   SEACOOKIE TSF 15  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   FREDDIE MAC 25  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK WD  
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   NEUF DES COEURS 3  
13.06.2013 to 16.06.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER)   LIONHEART 4  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   CHILLI MORNING 1  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CIC3* Bramham (GBR)   BEFORE TIME 15  
06.06.2013 to 09.06.2013 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   RUNNING ORDER 24  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   HENTON FOR FUN 2  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI1* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   LUXURY F H 8  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   FREDDIE MAC 28  
30.05.2013 to 02.06.2013 CCI2* Ratoath, Tattersalls (IRL)   FERNHILL PIMMS 55  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   DELI STAR HERO 2  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   COOL MOUNTAIN 6  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   LIONHEART 11  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   NEUF DES COEURS 11  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC1* Chatsworth (GBR)   TOP BIATS 19  
11.05.2013 to 12.05.2013 CIC3* Chatsworth (GBR)   RUNNING ORDER RET  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK 5  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   OSLO 53  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   SEACOOKIE TSF 2  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   CHILLI MORNING RET  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   LIONHEART 9  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   CHILLI MORNING 21  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   COOL MOUNTAIN 22  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   OSLO 25  
28.03.2013 to 30.03.2013 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   PARKLANE HAWK 32  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   LIONHEART   2
03.07.2012 to 08.07.2012 CICO3*-NC Aachen (GER)   NEUF DES COEURS   2
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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