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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752881698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881690
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank and amusing...with a wealth of anecdotes and more than a dash of humility, What Will Be is an essential read for anyone interested int he world of eventing. SOUTH WALES ARGUS

About the Author

William Fox-Pitt is one of the world's leading three-day eventers, and is a record five time winner (on different horses) of the Burghley Horse Trials, among many other events. He is married to the broadcaster Alice Plunkett and lives in Dorset with their two sons.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on August 27, 2012
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William Fox-Pitt has to be one of the most highly recognized sports professionals within his chosen sphere, as a fantastic event rider who is an inspiration to many an equestrian both young and old. Whether you are a young pony club rider or a happy hacker, it is those individuals at the top of their game that constantly enthuse and delight us with their exceptional horsemanship. This revised and updated autobiography takes one on a most intimate and personal journey through the life of this remarkable man, who has worked so hard to get to the top via a road that was not always easy. His career is one that continues to fascinate many with its great, outstanding achievements and memorable moments including many Olympics that will not be forgotten. Honest and outspoken William Fox-Pitt talks quite candidly and honestly about the risks of the sport, that has sadly claimed the life of several of his close friends whilst providing a most intriguing and moving insight into the horses that he has owned and ridden; being all uniquely distinctive and special.

Born into the Eventing world William Fox-Pitt grew up around horses, hence since he won a championship rosette at his local Pony Club gymkhana he was completely hooked. It is a passion that has stayed with him forever and a dream career that has taken a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears to achieve as the road to success is not always easy. Here he talks about all the trials and tribulations that he has encountered over the years and the excitement and dangers of the sport that he loves so much. His career has seen as much triumph as it has disaster, with his victory at Badminton in 2004 being followed by the disappointments at the Athens Olympics where Tamarillo sadly went lame after being poised for glory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Stallings on April 16, 2012
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This is a great book filled with honest stories and wonderful humor. William Fox-Pitt describes his first rides, horses, and how he had to work to become the rider he is today. It was great to read how he was not just given great horses to succeed with but had to work at success and was not a winner right off the bat. I was amazed at how happy he was to place -- sometimes 16th even. Fun to read even if you are not an eventer, or even a horse person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. Gause on January 20, 2008
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This was a well writen and detailed story of one of riding's top people.
The importance of going anywhere any time to see a horse; but the celebrity mania of the ending was disapointing. I won't spoil it, it was a very good book to that point.
Nancy Gause
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A bit surprising really. I expected it to be all about the horses but since it is William Fox-Pitt's autobiography is it about him. He's not reluctant to tell the truth about his life in a very straightforward and unemotional way. Of course since it is a long book, there is a great deal about riding and various competitions. But it is a man riding those horses and you do get to know and understand him. Very brave individual. It's easy to see why this personality would lead WFP to be successful in eventing.
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