Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 5th May, 2019 #MMBHT

William Fox-Pitt

Great Britain
  • 51 - Fernhill Pimms


British rider William Fox-Pitt (49) last competed at Badminton in 2015, winning the Mitsubishi Motors trophy with the stallion Chilli Morning – securing his second Badminton win.

Later that year in October he sustained a serious head injury whilst competing in France and spent a week in an induced coma. He was back competing in April 2016 but reduced his string of horses and last competed at four-star at Burghley 2015 with Fernhill Pimms, his Badminton entry this year.

William who is based in Dorset, is one of the World most successful riders and has previously topped the World rankings three times (2002, 2009 & 2010) and been British number one seven times. He was a member of the British team at the 2014 WEG winning team silver and individual bronze with Chilli Morning with who he won European individual bronze (2013) and the pair represented GB at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – his fifth Olympic Games. In 2012 he was a member of the British silver medal team at the London Olympics.

William has won seven team gold, two individual silver and one individual bronze at European Championships. He has won two Olympic team silver (2004 & 2012) and team bronze (2008). His World Championship success includes, team bronze (2002), team silver (2006 & 2014) individual bronze (2014) and in 2010 at Lexington, team gold and individual silver.

He is also the three-time winner of the HSBC Classics series – the accumulator series that ties Europe’s premier four-star events together. He is the only rider to have won Burghley on six occasions (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2011), and the only rider to have won five of the World’s six-four-star events (Badminton, Burghley, Luhmuhlen, Lexington & Pau) and is the winner of 59 international three-day events – he gained his 59th, the CCI2*at Tattersalls in 2016 with Secret Night.

William represented Britain at Junior and Young Rider European Championships winning his first medals (ind Junior silver in 1987 & YR team gold in 1988 & ‘99). He first completed Badminton aged 20 but had to wait until 2004 to achieve his ambition of winning. After school he gained a languages degree from London University before setting up his own yard.

His parents, Oliver and Marietta, rode at Badminton and Marietta was in the British Team in the 1960’s. William is married to Alice (nee Plunkett) a former four-star event rider and a presenter of Channel 4 racing. The couple have four children; two sons Oliver (13) and Thomas (11) and two daughters Chloe (5) and Emily (3). They are based in Dorset where William has created a modern training yard. William enjoys skiing and fishing.

He is a board director for the Event Riders Association, has written two books and is also vice-president of the Dorset RDA.

Fernhill Pimms, owned by Catherine Witt and Carol Gee is an Irish-bred AES registered 14-year-old gelding. Bred by Imelda Creighton he is by the Dutch-bred KWPN stallion Ard VDL Douglas (by Darco) who stands in Ireland. He is out of the thoroughbred mare Celestial Drive by Dublin Taxi. He was produced to two-star level by Duarte Seabra and William took the ride in 2013, in 2014 they won the CCI2* at Osberton.






Fernhill Pimms

AES, Ireland, 2004
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Douglas

Dam Celestial Drive (Dublin Taxi)

Breeder Ms Imelda Creighton

Owner(s): Catherine Witt & Carol Gee, Worleston, Cheshire

Notable Results

017 – Blenheim CCI3* 24th Little Fire

2017 – Barbury Castle CIC3* 1st Clifton Signature, 34th Little Fire

2016 – Rio OG 12th Chilli Morning

2016 – Tattersalls CCIYH1* 1st Little Fire

2016 – Tattersalls CCI2* 1st Secret Night

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 12th Cool Mountain

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* ret Bay My Hero

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 10th Fernhill Pimms

2015 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Bay My Hero, 5th Luxury FH, 7th Fernhill Pimms

2015 – Bramham CCI3* 5th Fernhill Pimms

2015 – Tattersalls CCI* 1st The Soapdodger

2015 – Lexington CCI4* 4th Bay My Hero

2014 – Osberton CCI2* 1st Fernhill Pimms

2014 – Osberton CICYH1* 1st Reinstated

2014 – Blenheim CCI3* 2nd Freddie Mac

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 4th Bay My Hero

2014 – Caen WEG 3rd Chilli Morning (team silver ind bronze)

2014 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd Freddie Mac

2014 – Bramham CIC3* 1st Cilli Morning

2014 – Lexington CCI4* 1st Bay My Hero, 9th Seacookie

2013 – Pau CCI4* 1st Sea Cookie, 3rd Cool Mountain, 15th Neuf des Coeurs

2013 – Blenheim CIC3* 1st Fernhill Pimms

2013 – Burghley CCI4* 4th Parklane Hawk

2013 – Malmo Ch-EU-3* 3rd Chilli Morning

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 3rd Neuf Des Coeurs, 4th Lionheart

2013 – Bramham CCI3* 1st, Chilli Morning

2013 – Lexington Kentucky CCI4* Seacookie TSF 2nd, Ret Chilli Morning

2012 – Pau CCI4* 4th Bay My Hero, 5th Chilli Morning

2012 – Blenheim CCI3* 1st Seacookie TSF, 2nd Bay My Hero

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd Parklane Hawk, RET Seacookie TSF

2012 – London OG, Lionheart (team silver)

2012 – Bramham CCI3* 1st Chilli Morning

2012 – Bramham CIC3* 1st Neuf Des Coeurs, 12th Lionheart

2012 – Tattersalls CCI3* 1st Bay My Hero

2012 – Lexington KY CCI4* 1st Parklane Hawk

2011 – Pau CCI3* 1st Oslo, 3rd Lionheart, 25th Macchiato

2011 – Blenheim CIC3* 1st Oslo, 3rd Lionheart

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Parklane Hawk, 18th Neuf des Coeurs

2011 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-C3* 7th Cool Mountain

2011 – Tattersalls CCI3* 1st Oslo

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 2nd Seacookie

2010 – Lexington CCI4* 1st Cool Mountain

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 7th Seacookie

2009 – Blair Castle CCI3* 1st Cool Mountain

2009 – Fontainebleau CH-EU-3* 4th, team gold Idalgo

2008 – Hong Kong OG 12th, team bronze Parkmore Ed

2005 – Blenheim CH-EU-C3* team gold, individual silver Tamarillo

2004 – Athens OG team silver Tamarillo

2002 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Highland Lad

2002 – Jerez WEG team bronze Tamarillo

1997 – Burghley Open Europeans team Gold and individual silver Cosmopolitan

1995 – Gatcombe British Open 1st Chaka

1994 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Chaka


2015 – 1ST Chilli Morning

2014 – El Parklane Hawk, W/D after dressage Cool Mountain

2013 – 5th Parklane Hawk; 53rd Oslo

2011 – 13th Cool Mountain, 15th Navigator

2010 – 34th Macchiato, W’drew Seacookie after dressage

2009 – 2nd (Idalgo), 5th (Macchiato)

2008 – 3rd (Ballincoola) 18th (Tamarillo)

2006 – W’drawn (Tamarillo)

2005 – 2nd (Tamarillo) Ret’d (Ballincoola)

2004 – 1st (Tamarillo)

2003 – 22nd  (Highland Lad)

2002 – 2nd (Tamarillo)

1997 – 3rd (Cosmopolitan)

1995 – W’drawn SJ (Chaka) when overnight leaders

1994 – 25th (Chaka)

1993 – 7th (Chaka)

1991 – 19th (Steadfast)

1989 – 26th (Steadfast)