Equestrian Paralympian Joanne Pitt dies at 34

Equestrian Paralympian Joanne Pitt has died at the age of 34, it has been announced.

The dressage rider was being treated for a rare lung condition, according to a statement by the British Equestrian Federation and British Dressage.

Joanne Pitt made her Paralympic debut in Athens in 2004. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Pitt represented Great Britain at the Paralympics in Athens in 2004 and was part of the para-equestrian dressage team that won gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

British equestrian performance director, Will Connell, said she was Jo was a "stalwart of para-equestrian dressage"

"She will be fondly remembered and missed by the whole of the para-equestrian dressage and World Class Programme community."

"I would like to extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to Jo's family, fiance and friends at this sad time".