Back home: William Fox-Pitt starts rehab in England

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William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning are the best placed British combination, in second place.
William Fox-Pitt, pictured on his Badminton winner Chilli Morning. © Nigel Goddard, KSDigital Photography

Injured British eventing rider William Fox-Pitt is finally back home after his fall on the cross-country at Lion D’Angers on October 17.

Fox-Pitt, 46, was flown home to England on Monday to continue his rehabilitation following the fall, when he suffered head injuries. He had been placed in an induced coma for several days following the accident to allow brain swelling to subside.

William Fox-Pitt. © Mike Bain
William Fox-Pitt. © Mike Bain

Fox-Pitt’s wife, Alice, said: “His recovery is likely to take time, but he is up and about and improving day by day. We are exceptionally grateful for the huge amount of support we have received.”

The rider fell from Reinstated at the “owl hole” fence, the 20th obstacle on the course in the seven-year-old class of the World Championships for Young Horses. This type of obstacle was in the spotlight last week with an Eventing Nation article looking at the structure and purpose of such jumps, known as “keyholes”, in cross-country.

Fox-Pitt received a boost this week after news he had been shortlisted for the FEI’s Best Athlete award, which will be presented on Friday night at the conclusion of the FEI’s General Assembly in Puerto Rico.

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