William Fox-Pitt in a 'stable' condition after fall in France

William Fox-Pitt competing in 2014
William Fox-Pitt won Britain's top event - the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials - earlier this year

British eventer William Fox-Pitt is in a "stable" condition in a French hospital after suffering a fall on the cross-country course during the World Young Horse Championships.

A statement said the 46-year-old had suffered a "head trauma" after falling from his horse Reinstated, which was unharmed, on Saturday.

"He has undergone tests and will remain sedated under observation," it added.external-link

Fox-Pitt is GB's most successful rider with 20 major championship medals.

His haul includes three Olympic team podium finishes and six European team gold medals for Great Britain.

Fox-Pitt, who is based at Sturminster Newton in Dorset, was competing in the seven-year-old class at Le Lion-d'Angers.