Although Ellen Whitaker can’t remember the exact age she started riding, she competed in her first affiliated class at the tender age of five before qualifying for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show at just eight years old.From there Ellen Whitaker strived to be the best and along the way has also unintentionally brought glamour back to the sport. With her striking looks and interest in fashion and photography, it’s no wonder Ellen attracts media attention. She has already been signed by leading equestrian clothing manufacturer Caldene to endorse and model their products. Her style and presence both in and out of the saddle has also won her prestigious awards such as the Longines Ladies Award for Elegance and the British Show Jumping Association’s Personality of the Year.
But these prizes are not Ellen Whitaker’s main priority. As a very competitive sportswoman her sights are firmly set on the London 2012 Olympics. Alongside her Uncles, she was one of the four riders selected to represent Great Britain last August in Germany in the European Championships. This was the country’s last chance to qualify for Beijing and the British chef d’equipe, Derek Ricketts, was taking no chances when he picked this team. In a similar situation to that of Sven Goran Eriksson when he selected young Theo Walcutt for England’s football squad, many people may have criticised Derek’s choice of Ellen Whitaker. As a younger rider she had a lot less experience than the older competitors at his disposal. However, being one of the youngest riders at the Championships didn’t faze Ellen Whitaker. She rose to the challenge and produced a phenomenal performance jumping triple clear and assisting her team in securing the bronze medal and qualification for the 2008 Olympics. Commenting on competing alongside his family and Ellen’s contribution to the team, John Whitaker (MBE) said, “It’s great to have my family around during the Championships. Ellen Whittaker has always been a good, competitive rider. She’s tough but she’s also got a cool head. It was her 2nd round that put us back in the picture (for the Championships).”
One of Ellen Whitaker`s most succesful horses has to be Locarno, the pair bonded very quickly and there is no doubt that Ellen Whitaker and Locarno share a special connection that contributes to their accomplishments. Conversely, earlier this year Ellen Whitaker was looking ahead to a very bleak year due to a dispute with Locarno’s owner. Locarno was originally bought by Ellen Whitaker’s father Steven and a 2nd shareholder who decided that he would like to sell Locarno in order to benefit from his shares. Without the capital to buy Locarno outright it looked as if the stallion would be moved on and one of Britain’s best Olympic potentials would be lost. However, Ellen Whitaker’s father (and trainer) was not going to let the horse go without a fight. Commenting on her European Championship Bronze Team medal, Ellen Whitaker said, “When I lost the ride on Locarno my father was prepared to sell our family farm and give up everything he had ever worked for. All I wanted to do at the Championships was pay him back with a medal.” Thankfully, Mrs Dawn Makin became Ellen Whitaker’s hero when she bought the shares and took on part ownership of Locarno, allowing the partnership to continue their success.
Farther Steven Whitaker - Part of the famous Whitaker family Steven Whitaker is brother to two of the most succesfull british riders John Whitaker & Michael Whitaker. Steven Whitaker is also a succesfull show jumper but is probably better known for being farther to Ellen Whitaker who has consistently been one of the leading lady riders.
Brother Joe Whitaker - Younger brother to Ellen Whitaker Joe is a very romising young rider, Joe was ranked 7th in the UK “Top Young Riders” list, in 2006 he was National Champion and of course also 2006, he was a member of the Junior European Championship team who won the Bronze Medal. Amongst many other achievements was his 2nd place in the Speed Derby at Hickstead in 2009.
Equestrian News - Ellen Whitaker
Ellen Whitaker buys two new horses
Ellen is excited to announce she has bought two new horses to join her already successful team of winners! The horses, both from Sweden, have joined Ellen at her home near Barnsley and she is spending time getting to know them and training them for competitions later this year. The first horse is called Arena UK Orlando (stable name Lenny) and is a nine-year-old Chestnut. He is described by Ellen as being very brave but with a big heart.
Ellen Whitaker Claims British Open Crown
Ellen Whitaker was crowned British Open showjumping champion for the first time on Saturday night after a thrilling finale at the LG Arena in Birmingham. The 24-year-old, from Barnsley, edged her cousin Robert Whitaker into second place, denying him a hat-trick of Open titles and winning £25,000. Robert Whitaker led going into the last of four competitions that decide the Open champion.
But he met his match in Ellen and Equ
Ellen Whitaker dominates Horse of the Year show
Ellen Whitaker completed her domination of the Horse of the Year Show at the NEC, Birmingham last night when she and Equimax Ocolado won the Leading Show Jumper of the Year with the only double clear round in the event.
Ellen Whitaker, 23, who on Saturday won the Puissance on Latina B — jumping the wall at 7ft 1in — and earlier yesterday gained her second successive Speed Horse of the Year title with Kanselier, was almost ov
Ellen Whitaker Finishes Third In Helsinki World Cup
20 year-old Ellen Whitaker from Barnsley South Yorkshire has finished in third place in the FEI World Cup qualifier at CSI-W Helsinki in Finland. Ellen riding the superb 10 year-old, bay, Holsteiner stallion, Locarno 62, owned by Dawn Makin and Ellen’s father, Steven Whitaker, jumped two foot perfect rounds to finish in third place amongst a world class field. Victory went to Switzerland’s Beat Mandli riding Ideo du Thot and the Netherlands’ Ger
Ellen Whitaker has had to pull out of the British team for the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead
Her horse, AK Locarno, has not fully recovered from the mystery fever which stopped him competing at last weekend's European Championships in Italy. "It is still unclear what it was," said team chief Derek Ricketts. "But two of the other British horses by him in the San Patrignano stables, Arko and Portofino, also had low blood counts, which may be why they performed below par. "The Swedish horses, who were adjoining, did not go well either."
Ellen Whitaker is leading show jumper at HOYS
Ellen Whitaker was launched firmly back in the spotlight on the final day of HOYS. After taking the Vinopolis speed horse of the year with the 17-year-old Kanselier in the afternoon, Ellen landed the prestigious leading show jumper of the year grand prix on Equimax Ocolado. A potentially risky strategy of taking a wide turn to the second fence in the jump-off proved lucrative as she recorded the only double clear.
"I decided to take th
Ellen Whitaker jumps to victory at Hickstead
Ellen Whitaker, controversially left out of the Great Britain Olympic showjumping team, emerged from “the most horrible week of her life” to win the Bunn Leisure Derby Salver on Cortaflex Kanselier, her speed horse, on the opening day of the British Jumping Derby meeting at Hickstead.
But the victory yesterday, in which she relegated Damien Griffin, of Ireland, on Lisegan Clover Diamond, to second place by 4.53sec, was small consolatio
Ellen Whitaker speeds to her third title
Ellen Whitaker gained her third success in the Zinc Management Speed Horse competition on the final day of the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham yesterday after a breathtaking performance on her prolific winner, Kanselier. Whitaker, 22, runner-up in The Puissance on Saturday night, skimmed round the 12-fence course to relegate Laura Renwick, on her noted speed horse, Beluga II, to second place by 1.71sec. “We've dropped him down a level becaus
Ellen Whitaker Stakes Her Claim
Ellen Whitaker has staked her claim to be crowned the 2010 British Open showjumping champion. The 24-year-old moved into a share of the lead with her cousin Robert Whitaker after two of the four competitions which will decide this year`s overall winner. Robert Whitaker, who is seeking a hat-trick of British Open titles at the LG Arena, had to be content with third place following his victory in last night`s opening speed class.
But there was
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