Top British eventer William Fox-Pitt “remains stable” while under “continued observation” in hospital in France after suffering a head injury in a cross-country fall.

This afternoon (Friday, 23 October) a spokesman for British Eventing told H&H there was “no change” in William’s condition and that he remains “under observation”.

The Olympic eventer suffered a head trauma when he fell at fence 20, an owl hole, on the cross-country at Le Lion d’Angers while riding Reinstated on Saturday (17 October).

The pair were competing in the seven-year-old CCI2* class at the FEI/WBFSH world championships for young eventing horses.

The horse, whom William first competed in May 2014 at Chatsworth, was not injured in the fall.

The course was held for more than an hour while William received medical assistance before being transferred to Angers hospital.

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A statement issued at the time read: “William has suffered a head trauma, but is otherwise fine. He is comfortable and stable under sedation and will be kept under constant observation.”

His wife, Channel 4 Racing presenter Alice Plunkeet, is with him in France.

“On behalf of the Fox-Pitt family and their support team at home, William’s wife Alice would like to express her thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes, it means a tremendous amount to them all that everyone is thinking of William.”

Willliam, who currently stands at number three in the world eventing rankings, had already completed the course successfully on his first ride, The Soapdodger.

His last win was at the CIC3* at Hartpury in August with Bay My Hero.