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William comes 4th at Burghley!

Monday, 8 September 2014 01:00:00 BST

Albion sponsored rider William Fox-Pitt had a fabulous weekend at Burghley with his lovely horse Bay My Hero, the previous Kentucky winner, sitting in 2nd place after the Dressage phase on a score of 39.5.

Cross Country day also went really well with William and Bay My Hero collecting just 20 time penalties over the testing course.

Bay My Hero came out of his stable, fit and raring to go on the final day and completed a beautiful double clear to move him up two places into 4th position. This also secured William's win of the FEI Classics!

Congratulations William and all of the team at Fox-Pitt Eventing! 

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You can keep up to date with Albion's sponsored rider William Fox-Pitt with all of the latest news and coverage from Luhmuhlen this weekend on FEI TV!

Friday

Dressage is at 3.56pm UK time - sadly not available on FEI tv.

 

Saturday & Sunday

Both the cross country and show jumping can be viewed on FEI TV - http://www.feitv.org/live

 

Updates are also posted on the shows website - http://tgl.luhmuehlen.de/

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William does it again!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:50:25 BST

William Fox-Pitt had a wonderful weekend at Bramham International Horse Trials coming 1st on Chilli Morning in the CIC3* and 3rd on Freddie Mac in the CCI3*!

The lovely Chilli Morning finished on a Dressage score of 31.5% and completed with a clear Showjumping round and a clear Cross Country with just 5.6 time faults.

William's second horse, the wonderful Freddie Mac, completed a confident Dressage test to finish on a score of 41.6%. He then completed the Cross Country phase clear but with 1.6 time faults and then showjumped clear inside the time! 

Well Done to Team Fox-Pitt on another successful outing! 

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Congratulations to sponsored rider William Fox-Pitt who came in the top 10 in the CCI* and CCI** at Tattersalls International Horse Trials!

William rode an amazing round in the CCI* on the lovely Top Biats to finish with a dressage score of 36.9%, a clear Cross Country and just taking one pole in the Showjumping to leave him in 3rd place overall. 

He then followed this with a fabulous 2nd place in the CCI** riding Luxury FH who scored 37.2% in the Dressage and then went clear Cross Country and Showjumping.

Well done to William and his team! 

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Sponsored rider William Fox-Pitt gives an overview of his Badminton 2014:

Dressage

Thursday - Cool Mountain felt fantastic in the warm-up and very relaxed which was pleasing as he does find Badminton very atmospheric.  Hounds speaking for their breakfast every morning does not help his situation!   However in the Arena he did not feel his best, making a couple of small errors and scoring 53, which was very disappointing.  The judges seemed to be prepared to give good marks on the first day which is encouraging, and his placing slipped down the line rapidly.

Friday - Parklane Hawk had also been feeling very much on his toes, the windy weather and cold conditions not helping his case.  However, by 
Friday afternoon
 he had settled very well and did a really good test to score 41.5 which left him in 7th place.  The best test he has ever done was mistake free and he felt very confident throughout.

Cross Country course

The cross country course was generally thought to be much bigger and braver than in previous years, proving a much stiffer test than we have been used to, although the ground was holding up well it was obviously going to be soft and very hard work for the horses, which inevitably added to the test.

I felt the first serious question came at fence 5: the Big Table.  Down a steep slope on 3 and 4 strides to two very big arrow heads.  The distances were long and the combination of narrowness, height with added birch and the drop, made it a very imposing combination.

The Owl Hole bank followed by the arrow head looked quite tricky.  The Vicarage Vee looked as airy and ugly as ever, and the Mirage Pond asked a serious test of accuracy and courage.

The fence I disliked most on my first walk was the logs and mound at 18.  It was a huge relief to the riders and horses when the B element was removed.  I felt the line from A to B was a very unfair question and would have resulted in very messy jumps.  I felt strongly that it was an unfair test as the question for the horses was unclear.

The last big test came at Huntsmans Close where there were two huge turning corners on inevitably very greasy ground.

So, after having overnight rain on the Friday and with Cool Mountain placed well out of the reckoning, his owner Tee and I decided it was best to save him for another day.  I therefore had all morning and afternoon to watch the course being ridden.  This was a fairly traumatic experience with the course causing untold trouble, only nine horses completed in the first two and half hours of competition.

I felt the course was fair but the conditions were undoubtedly a big reason behind the problems, with many horses not quite up for the challenge.  The time soon became clearly unachievable and the competition was wide open, which was causing quite a stir.

I was very confident that, if any horse could cope in these conditions Parklane Hawk, being such a good galloper, would manage really well.  He felt fantastic in the warm up and gave me a superb ride cross country, until falling at the fourth last.  He was galloping brilliantly and gave me no feeling of getting tired, and I could not understand why he simply misread the fence.  I was very relieved to see that he was OK after his fall, and he will now have a good holiday, hopefully returning to work soon.

No-one would have imagined the troubles the course challenged.  Setting out in the start box statistics would've said I had a 1:2 chance of coming through the finish, and although I felt very confident, I can safely say I have never been in that position before.  The overall feeling is that no-one would wish to see the course changed, the challenge was welcomed and with better conditions would have ridden very well.

It was a fantastic win for Sam Griffiths, a good friend and fellow Dorset man.  I cannot also fail to mention how amazing it was to see Harry Meade finish third after his horrendous injury to his elbows, no-one deserved that result more.

It must have been a very demanding week for Hugh Thomas, Jane Tuckwell and their Badminton team.  But huge congratulations to them for what they achieved battling the elements.

We had a Fox-Pitt Eventing Club course walk on the Friday lunchtime, with an impressive turnout of over 80 people.  It was very enjoyable with much enthusiasm and we happily managed to stay dry!

 







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Congratulations to sponsored rider William Fox-Pitt!

Monday, 28 April 2014 01:00:00 BST

Congratulations to sponsored rider William Fox-Pitt who has won the Rolex Kentucky 4* event with his fabulous horse Bay My Hero! 

Well done from the Albion Team! 

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