William Fox-Pitt dominated the British Eventing top 100 rider rankings yet again this season, during which he notched up an impressive 1554 points and was crowned the inaugural BE Premier League champion.
Fox-Pitt’s talent, combined with the strength and depth of his stable, saw him finish more than 420 points ahead of his nearest rival Oliver Townend. Townend also had an incredible season, during which his name was rarely out of the headlines in H&H magazine.
The consistent form of the younger generation of event riders suggests that Fox-Pitt might be given a run for his money in 2006. Close behind Townend was Matthew Wright in fourth position, with Piggy French in 11th and Zara Phillips in 12th.
The top horse of this season was European Gold Medallist Toytown (pictured), owned by Cantor Index and Zara Phillips on 412 points. Fox-Pitt’s infamous partner Tamarillo finished in second place ahead of Ringwood Cockatoo.
Top five horses of 2005
1. Toytown (owned by Miss Zara Phillips, Cantor Index) 412pts;
2. Tamarillo (The Hon Mrs Mary Guinness) 392;
3. Ringwod Cockatoo (Mr. Frederick Davidson) 374;
4. Mr Pracatan (Mr. Andrew Hoy, Mrs Anona Young) 367;
5. Lord Killinghurst (Mr Robin EA Salmon, Mr Owen Moore, Mrs Nicola Salmon) 350.
Top five riders of 2005
1. William Fox-Pitt 1554;
2. Oliver Townend 1126;
3. Andrew Hoy 1107;
4. Matthew Wright 969;
5. Andrew Nicholson 940.