Britain’s leading show jumper Michael Whitaker has a new sponsor

Top show jumper Michael Whitaker is to become the lynchpin of the new Paul Schockem”hle International (PSI) show jumping team. Michael has been without a backer since the loss of Virtual Village last summer.

Other members of the four-man team are Ireland’s Peter Charles, German Sydney Olympic team gold medallist Otto Becker and his compatriot, Olympia grand prix winner Markus Merschformann, currently sidelined with a broken leg.

This is a great weight off my shoulders,” said Michael. “It’s very expensive travelling the world to international shows every week and I feel so much pressure knowing that if I don’t win I’ll lose money and would have been better staying at home.

“Now everything will change and I already feel more relaxed. Paul eventually hopes to find us another sponsor, with PSI involved to a lesser degree.”

The 2001 European team gold medallist Peter Charles said: “If it all works out as planned it’s a great idea. We’re still allowed to negotiate individual contracts and my first target is the Hamburg Derby.”

Paul Schockem”hle International (PSI) is the flagship company of the German Olympic medallist and three-times European Champion, Paul Schockem”hle.

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