In this video break from the USEA Vault, originally provided in partnership with Eventing Training Online, William Fox-Pitt coaches upper level eventers Allison Springer, Jan Byyny, Sharon White, and Kate Samuels through show jumping exercises and provides guidance on improving their rounds. Fox-Pitt's primary focus is developing and maintaining a quality canter that the horse can jump well from. From a good quality canter, the rider can make adjustments to their stride length and their line to meet distances appropriately.
Born in 1969 and having ridden from a young age, William Fox-Pitt started eventing at the age of 15. Encouraged by his parents, both of whom completed Badminton and Burghley, he represented Britain throughout his teens, winning the individual silver medal at the Junior Europeans in 1987, Young Rider team gold medals in successive European Championships in 1988 and 1989, and completing Badminton himself at the age of 20. His first Burghley win, five years later, established him as a regular on the senior British Team and guaranteed him a ticket to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. In 2003, William and his wife, Alice Plunkett, began the development of a 28-stall state-of-the-art training center in Hinton St. Mary, Dorset. In 2005, everything was complete and Wood Lane Stables has been home to Fox-Pitt Eventing ever since.
Fox-Pitt was the first British rider to become eventing’s World No. 1, a distinction he achieved in 2002, 2009, 2010, and again in 2014. He has represented his country consistently over the past 20 years, winning team bronze at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, team silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, team silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, team bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, team gold and individual silver at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, team silver at the 2012 London Olympics, individual bronze at the 2013 European Championships in Malmo, and team silver and individual bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. He has won seven team gold medals at the European Championships and has been the British No. 1 eleven times. In 2011, Fox-Pitt became the first rider to win a record six Burghley titles (on six different horses) and became one of the first riders to ever win a CCI2*, CCI3*, and CCI4* at the same event on the same day - a feat achieved at Tattersalls, Ireland.
He is the only rider to have won five out of the six CCI5*-Ls worldwide having won Burghley (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Badminton (2004 & 2015), Luhmühlen (2008), Kentucky (2010, 2012, 2014), and Pau (2011, 2013). He has won the HSBC FEI Classics, a series linking the top six Three-Day Events in the world, four times (2008, 2010, 2012 again in 2014) and finished second in 2011. Learn more on his website, www.foxpitteventing.co.uk.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the athletes selected for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program. USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under are eligible for the program, which aims to creates a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are just two months away. The AEC moves to the mountains this year, taking place at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana across a long Labor Day weekend.
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Last month we began a four-part series on mental preparation and the many kinds of pre-ride routines you can perform to control your emotions so they don’t take control of you. If you recall, the purpose of these routines is to give your brain the perception of predictability and control because as soon as your brain loses these it senses threat and stress which weakens your confidence and strengthens your jitters and fears.