Manitu N Retired
Manitu N, longstanding British Pony Dressage team member, has been retired from competition. Despite winning team bronze at the 2006 European Dressage Championships in Saumur, France with Samantha Harrison, the 15-year-old had to be withdrawn from the individual finals due to lameness.
The bay Holsteiner was sold to Britain from Denmark in 1998 and took Maria Eilberg, Lorna Edmonds and Samantha Harrison to the top of the sport. He won team bronze at the European Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and team silver at the 2000 European Championships.
Louise Saywell is squad prefect
Louise Saywell (pictured) has been selected as Squad Prefect for the John Whitaker International Squad for October/ November. Saywell, who takes the reins from Jordan Whitaker, will be required to keep a journal of squad and personal activity during the month.
The John Whitaker International Squad is the brainchild of John Whitaker and his wife Clare who provide external support, help and advice both at shows and over the telephone. The role of squad prefect is designed to introduce young riders to media and press and teach them to have empathy with sponsors and take pride in their position. Saywell will also be responsible for product testing for supporting companies and organising a prefect day for the squad.
John Whitaker International Squad
Matthew Sampson, Sheffield, South Yorks. Aged 15 Prefect – July/August
Louise Saywell, Retford, Notts. Aged 16 Prefect- October/ November
Rebecca Roe, Lincoln, Lincs. Aged 14
Roberta Roe, Lincoln, Lincs. Aged 13
Brett Gardner, Cardiff, S. Glam. Aged 16
Daniel Neilson Saltburn by the Sea,Cleveland. Aged 16 Prefect – August/September
Danielle Willett, Ingatestone, Essex. Aged 15
Jordan Whitaker, Retford, Notts. Aged 15 Prefect- September/October