The Prince of Yorkshire in Paris
Another important step in the illustrious career of British champion Michael Whitaker
After his third-place in the final qualifier of the series at the CSI5*W in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Sunday 25 February with JB’s Hot Stuff, Michael Whitaker, 57-year-old, is one of the top 20 riders in the Western European League to have qualified for the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup Final in Paris (10-15 April).
With his older brother John, Michael is one of the founding members of the Whitaker family showjumping dynasty, and began competing at the young age of seven. When he was 16, he made his international debut. At the age of 20 he became Hickstead Derby’s youngest winner in 1980 and he has since took part in 14 European Championship and won 12 European Championship medals. He has ridden in four Olympic Games, the first time being in 1984 in Los Angeles, where he gained team silver medal with Amanda. He also qualified for the individual jumping final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was forced to withdraw when his horse Cassionato showed symptoms of colic. After treatment at the veterinary clinic at the Olympic venue, the horse's condition later improved. He took part in five World Equestrian Games winning a bronze team medal in 1990 in Stockolm with Mon Santa.
Michael has competed in 22 FEI World Cup Finals, the current is the 23th. Michael Whitaker lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife Melissa and three children. Jack, Molly and Katie Jane. Thanks a lot Michael for sharing your prestigious career with Animo!