The name Whitaker is synomonus with show jumping there are probably the most successful family in the sport of show jumping. The Whiter family begins with 4 brothers from yorkshire, the most famous of these brothers are John Whitaker & Michael Whitaker who have both been the cornerstone of the british show jumping team for the last 30 years in 1984 John Whitaker & Michael Whitaker were members of the silver medal winning team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Ian Whitaker & Steven Whitaker are both highly accomplished horseman who have both competed in the sport.
These 4 brothers have spawned 13 children and not one of them seems to lack the horse gene. John Whitaker who is married to Claire whitaker have 3 children Louise Whitaker, Robert Whitaker & Joanne Whitaker. Robert Whitaker is consistently in the top 10 riders on the British Show Jumping Associations rankings and has competed on many nations cups and at shows all across the world. Louse Whitaker has also proved herself to be a talented rider she has also represented the UK in nations cups as well as competing at the highest level in 1998 Louise Whitaker finished 3rd in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. Louise Whitaker now concentrates on producing the numerous young horses based at the stable yard. Michael Whitaker's eldest child is only 6 but is already riding ponies and is expected to start competing in the ring. Steven Whitaker has 4 children the 2 eldest Ellen Whitaker & Joe Whitaker have both already established themselves at senior level. Ellen Whitaker has already shown herself to be one of the leading UK lady rider at the age of 18 she finished 2nd in the Hickstead derby to her uncle John Whitaker. Joe Whitaker was in the Junior European Championships team that won bronze medal in 2006. Son Thomas Whitaker has won the junior show jumping title at the Horse of the Year Show October 2006. Not to be outdone by his 3 brothers Ian whitaker seems also to be a farther of a new british show jumping prodigy William Whitaker. In 2006 William Whitaker won the Junior European Show Jumping Championship in Athens. In 2007 William Whitaker made an impressive debut at World Cup shows this year, jumping a double clear to finish third in the Grand Prix at Vigo. William Whitaker is now based with his uncle Michael Whitaker who is his helping him to progress in the the sport. Ian Whitaker's other 2 children George and James have also enjoyed success with their ponies last season.
The Whitaker clan great success is due to there natural talent along with upbringing in the world of show jumping, all the whitaker's work very closely together helping each other with training advice as well as sharing horses. It is a fair bet that the whitaker family will be at the top of the sport of show jumping for a long time to come.
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John Whitaker`s Welham is put to sleep
Welham, the horse who partnered John Whitaker to many showjumping victories including the 2000 Hickstead Derby win has been put to sleep at the age of 28.
As well as winning the Derby together, John and Welham won a host of prestigious competitions including the 1999 British Jumping Grand Prix at Hickstead and the 2000 Bordeaux and Bologna World Cup qualifiers.
Welham was retired at the 2001 Hickstead Derby meeting and was named the BSJAs leading international horse for that year.
He spent his re
Ankle Break For John Whitaker
British showjumping star John Whitaker faces several weeks` sidelined after breaking his ankle in a fall. John Whitaker, 54, was hurt during a show in Holland, falling from his 12-year-old stallion Peppermill. He underwent surgery on two fractured bones.
John Whitaker, whose horse was uninjured, will now miss next month`s money-spinning Global Champions` Tour finale in Doha. The Yorkshireman has won 19 medals at Olympic, World and European level, including the 1989 individual European title. John Whit
Geoff Glazzard and Barry Bug Knockout John Whitaker At Hoys
The highlight of the week was the knockout competition a very exciting class where Geoff & Barry went head to head against some of the finest riders in the country cumilating in a final with the great John Whitaker, a fast trip round the course resulted in Geoff and Barry Bug taking the title, the third class Barry Bug has won at this great show.
International Weekend-Round Up - John Whitaker wins the Grand Prix in Odense
The 5* World Cup Qualifier show in Helsinki saw Scott Brash, Will Funnell and Robert Smith flying the flag for Great Britain.
Scott Brash with Elizabeth McTaggart's 11-year-old gelding Bon Ami II secured the first speed class of the show with Robert Smith and his own 12-year-old grey gelding Balourado taking 3rd place. Robert had already been placed in the 1st class of the day with his own Voila in the 1.40m The Speed class the following day also saw Scott and Bon Ami feature in the line up onc
John Whitaker Stallions
John Whitaker is one of the UK`s leading showjumping riders and over the years had a huge amount of succes on a number stallions including Randi, Peppermill, Utah Van Erpekom and many others. Find information online at stableexpress horse database.
John Whitaker and Peppermill selected for Beijing Olympic Games 2010
The British Olympic Association (BOA) have selected the Dressage and Show Jumping riders to be part of Team Great Britain for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. This completes the Equestrian team for the Olympic Games.
John Whitaker, Tim Stockdale, Tina Fletcher and William Funnell announced for Team GB at Hickstead
The squad representing Great Britain for the UK and 7th leg of the FEI Top Level Nations Cup competition which takes place at Hickstead on Friday 20th July will be:
John Whitaker from Huddersfield with his wife Clare’s 11 year-old chestnut stallion Maximillian IV. John has only been competing Maximillian since the beginning of the year and made their debut in Top Level Nations Cup competition at St Gallen where they produced a clear in the second round.
Tim Stockdale from Northamptonshire will be making
Day Three at HOYS - John Whitaker in winning mood
The crowd roared, the fences climbed and two British riders shared the spoils after the thrilling Harry Jo & Co Five Fence Challenge on a sell-out Friday at Horse of the Year Show. It could have gone to one round more, but as the only two remaining to contest the top prize after four corking rounds of jumping and with some fences standing a whopping 1.80m, Tim Stockdale and John Whitaker decided to share the honours.
In the Harry Jo & Co Five Fence Challenge, which was introduced to “The World’s Most Famous Hors
Mare Owners Advised to Check Paperwork
Owners of mares looking to breed by artificial insemination this year are advised to ensure that stallions have been tested free of all venereal diseases and that shipped semen is accompanied by the appropriate paperwork.
The British Equine Veterinary Association’s (BEVA’s) President Madeleine Campbell says “We are looking to ensure that shipped semen, whether it is imported or comes from within the UK, is accompan
The French Renaissance Continues
The French recorded a back-to-back double when winning the Mercedes Benz Prize, the fifth leg of the 2009 Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ in the hallowed Aachen arena in Germany last night.
Winners in Rotterdam two weeks ago they secured this second victory with the only zero score of the competition, while Germany and The Netherlands shared runner-up spot on a four-fault tally and the USA slotted into fourth on a total of
Canter Banter Programme 21 Showing On Sky Sports
British Showjumping’s half hour news programme Canter Banter will be appearing on
Sky Sports at the following times:-
Wednesday 2nd December:
18:30 – Sky Sports Xtra
23:30 – Sky Sports Xtra
Thursday 3rd December:
01:30 – Sky Sports Xtra
06:30 – Sky Sports 3 Digital
12:30 – Sky Sports 2 Digital
14:30 – Sky Sports 3 Digital