William Fox-Pitt’s former ride, Tamarillo, was put down on July 28 at age 23.
It was aboard Tamarillo that Fox-Pitt won Badminton in 2004 and Burghley in 2008. The combination first impressed in the Blarney CCI2*, which they won in 2000. After finishing second at Badminton in 2002, they earned a spot in the squad that contested the Jerez World Equestrian game—and promptly won team bronze.
After winning Badminton in 2004, the pair went on to shine at the Athens Olympics, where they won team silver and at the Blenheim Europeans in 2005, where the landed team gold and individual silver, before representing Britain at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, where they got team silver. Tamarillo ended his career with the 2008 victory at Burghley, having earned a total of 1636 British Eventing points.
“He had an incredible presence, “ Fox-Pitt wrote in a statement, published on his website. “He was one in a million and I feel very lucky to have partnered him for all those special years.”
His words were echoed by Yogi Breisner, Chef d’Equipe to the British Eventing, who said: “Tamarillo was a great character and one of the most talented horses I was fortunate enough to come across. He had a fantastic record and was a major contributor to several medals for the British Team. I know he had a very happy retirement and will be sorely missed, but we all have the wonderful memories of his incredible career. “
Owned by MW and Finn Guinness, Tamarillo enjoyed his last few years at Fox-Pitt’s yard “under the watchful eye of Jackie Potts. The horse, who was by Tarnik out of Mellita, has a clone, Tomatillo, born in 2013.
Fox-Pitt and Tamarillo at Badminton in 2004.
The pair at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Fox-Pitt and Tamarillo at the 2005 Badminton Horse Trials, where they placed second.
Tamarillo looking handsome at the Blenheim Horse Trials in 2005.
The pair dazzled at the Burghley Horse Trials in 2008.
Main image: Tamarillo and William Fox-Pitt at the Athens Olympics, by Sipa Press / Rex Shutterstock