WILLIAM Fox-Pitt was in high spirits following the performances of all four of his horses at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials.
European bronze medal-winner Chilli Morning gave Fox-Pitt the lead in the feature class after the dressage before he was withdrawn from the cross country with trips to Bramham and Germany in mind.
However, Cool Mountain finished his campaign in the same class with a superb display in the show jumping to finish eighth – Irish eventer Sarah Ennis took first place on Rebound.
“Cool Mountain rounded off his very successful trip to Chatsworth by finishing eighth in the CIC with an excellent double clear (in the show jumping),” said Fox-Pitt writing on his website.
“He jumped very well in the show jumping enjoying the perfect ground and gave me a superb ride in the cross country.
“Chilli Morning hit one fence in the show jumping but still held on to his dressage lead. I was pleased with how he went and it was a good opportunity to expose him to the buzzy Chatsworth atmosphere.
“However, I decided not to run him cross country as his plan is to go to Bramham and Aachen.”
He went on to add: “The CIC (cross country) course caused plenty of trouble and, as a genuine qualifier, it was probably too tough.”
In the Novice class, Reinstated took 38th in section A for a “delighted” Fox-Pitt, and Topaze du Plain finished 35th in section B.