Two-Time 5* Winner Parklane Hawk Passes Away At 22

William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Parklane Hawk, the 5* winning partner of Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, has passed away at the age of 22. “Parker”, a New Zealand Thoroughbred by Grosvenor, was paired with William for the majority of his international career that spanned the globe and earned them two consecutive 5* wins, at Burghley in 2011 followed by Kentucky in 2012. He also finished no worse than fifth the three 5* starts that followed: third at Burghley in 2012, fifth at Badminton in 2013, and third again at Burghley in 2013.

ITS BEEN THE MOST PAINFUL WEEK💔💔 Saying a GENTLE GOODBYE to my AMAZING PARKLANE HAWK💔💔we all know the day will come 😫😫….

Posted by Catherine Witt on Thursday, March 24, 2022

Parklane Hawk was owned by Catherine Witt, who shared her gratitude for the journey the striking bay gelding had taken her on through the years. “What a LUCKY Lady I have been having the privilege of owing Parker,” Catherine wrote on social media. “He has taken me on such an incredible journey and made me so many friends and memories. I OWED him so much and he was LOVED by all of us at Rookery Park Stud. He retired at the top aged 16 and spent the last 6 years being a horse with [Seacookie] and [Bay My Hero]..sleep tight, big man.”

I am am so sorry to hear that Parklane Hawk has passed away. He was a fantastic horse to have had, and I have some great…

Posted by Fox-Pitt Eventing on Friday, March 25, 2022

So sad to hear that Parklane Hawk (Parker) has passed away. Parker was such a lovely horse to look after and a true…

Posted by Jackie Potts Equestrian Services on Friday, March 25, 2022

The EN team sends its condolences to Catherine, William, and all of Parklane Hawk’s connections who knew and loved him. Thanks for the memories, Parker.

Take a walk down memory lane with William and Parklane Hawk’s 2012 Kentucky win: