William Fox-Pitt’s position at the head of the leaderboard never looked in doubt in the FEI Classics after his fourth place at Burghley with a beautiful clear Jumping round on Bay My Hero was enough to clinch the title for the fourth time since the series began in 2008.
William Fox-Pitt, 45, has won 52 CCIs, including a record 13 CCI4*s: Badminton (2004), Burghley six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Luhmuehlen (2008), Kentucky three times (2010, 2012 and 2014) and Pau twice (2011 and 2013). He is the only rider to have won five out of the world’s six CCI4*s.
Fox-Pitt is the current world no 1 and this is his fourth FEI Classics™ title since the series started in 2008; he also headed the leaderboard in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
He has also represented Britain 18 times in championships, most recently winning world team silver and individual bronze on Chilli Morning last weekend at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). His medal tally includes Olympic silver (2004 and 2012) and bronze (2008), world team gold and individual silver on Cool Mountain (2010) plus team silver in 2006 and team bronze in 2002. He has six European team gold medals, one team bronze, two individual silvers (1997 and 2005) and individual bronze last year on Chilli Morning.
FEI CLASSICS™ 2013/2014 LEADERBOARD
1 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 38 points, $40,000
2 Sam Griffiths (AUS) 25, $35,000
3 Oliver Townend (GBR) 23, $25,000
4 Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 21, $15,000
5 Tim Price (NZL) 17, $5,000
See full standings here