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Dressage world mourns loss of para-rider Joanne Pitt

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Heather Dodd

It is with great sadness that the British Equestrian Federation and British Dressage announce the untimely passing of para-equestrian dressage rider Joanne Pitt.  A World Class Performance rider, Jo, 34, has represented Great Britain up to Paralympic level and was a regular Grade II national and international competitor with notable success.  With her long term partner Estralita, owned by her parents Robert and Hazel Pitt, she claimed the Grade II title at British Dressage’s winter championships less than a month ago.

Jo, who was being treated for a very rare lung condition, pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, died peacefully on Thursday (02 May) afternoon with her family beside her. Will Connell, Equestrian Performance Director commented; “Jo was a stalwart of para-equestrian dressage and has fought hard over the last year to establish herself once again as a real medal contender for Great Britain. Jo made her Paralympic debut in Athens in 2004 and has remained part of the Equestrian World Class Programme ever since. On behalf of the whole of the World Class Programme I would like to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to Jo’s family, fiancé and friends at this sad time. She will be fondly remembered and missed by the whole of the para-equestrian dressage and World Class Programme community.”

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