William Fox-Pitt

William Fox-Pitt


1996 – Competed at the Atlanta Olympic Games
2002 – Team Bronze at the Jerez de la Frontera World Equestrian Games
2004 – Team Silver at the Athens Olympic Games
2005 – 4th at the FEI World Cup Finals
2006 – Team Silver at the Aachen World Equestrian Games2008 – Team Bronze at the Beijing Olympic Games
2010 – Team Gold and Individual Silver at the Lexington World Equestrian Games
2012 – Team Silver at the London Olympic Games
2014 – Team Silver and Individual Bronze at the Caen World Equestrian Games
2016 – Team 5th at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

Notable Horses

Tamarillo, Cool Mountain, Chilli Morning



International Four Star Event Rider

William Fox-Pitt’s name is synonymous with the sport of international eventing. His successful career has spanned decades and included wins around the world.

He was born in Hampstead to William Oliver Lane Fox-Pitt and Marietta Speed, both successful equestrians in their own rights. William began riding at age four and, after a brief break from the sport, began competing in eventing when he was 15. He received his education at Wellesley House School in Kent, Eton College and the University of London.

As a young rider, he won individual silver at the Junior European Championships in 1987 and two team gold medals in the Young Rider European Championships in 1988 and 1989. He completed his first CCI4* event at the Badminton Horse Trials when he was 20 and won his first CCI4* at Burghley five years later.

Over the course of his career, he has won three team Olympic medals as well as team and individual medals at the World Equestrian Games. He was also the first rider to win five different CCI4* events around the world: the Burghley Horse Trials, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Stars of Pau, the Badminton Horse Trials and the Luhmühlen Horse Trials.

In 2015, a bad fall left William in a coma for two weeks, but he still managed to come back to the top of his game and compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

He and his wife, Alice Plunkett, are based at their own Wood Lane Stables in Hinton St Mary, Dorset, with their four children: Oliver, Thomas, Chloe and Emily.

William Fox-Pitt’s helmet of choice