Cross-country fall puts William Fox-Pitt in hospital


Update: 9.30pm [GMT+2 on Monday, October 19]

Update: 11.30pm [GMT+2 on Sunday, October 18] William Fox-Pitt’s family have advised there has been no change in his condition.

“He has undergone some more tests and will remain sedated under observation.”

His family said they were “very appreciative for the concern that everyone has shown”, and would keep readers informed with progress.

William Fox Pitt and Reinstated during the dressage phase at Le Lion d'Angers.
William Fox Pitt and Reinstated during the dressage phase at Le Lion d’Angers. @ Photos Les Garennes

Leading British eventing rider William Fox-Pitt sustained a head injury in a fall on the cross-country during the World Championships for young eventing horses in France.

Fox-Pitt, 46, fell from Reinstated at the 20th fence, an owl hole, in the seven-year-old CCI** class at the FEI WBFSH Championships (World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses) at Le Lion d ‘Angers on Saturday.

The rider was treated on the course before being taken to Angers hospital. The competition was held up for an hour while Fox-Pitt was attended to by medical personnel. He was the second-to-last rider to tackle the cross-country, and had earlier gone clear with The Soapdodger.

A brief statement from the rider’s family and support team indicated on Sunday night that there was no change in Fox-Pitt’s condition, but that he had undergone tests and would remain sedated and under observation.

“He has suffered a head trauma but is fine otherwise.”

No further details were available.

The Irish-bred Reinstated, who is owned by Teresa Stopford-Sackville, Cathy Butler and Alice Fox-Pitt, was not injured in the accident.

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