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Meet Ellen Whitaker’s impressive showjumping stallion Arena UK Winston *H&H Plus*

Continuing our series on stars we can’t wait to see once shows start up again, Jennifer Donald meets an impressive stallion who has helped to put Ellen Whitaker back on the map

Arena UK Winston

Age: 11
Breeding: Irish Sport Horse, Waldo Van Dungen x Hamilton Tropics
Owner: Norman Oley
Rider: Ellen Whitaker
Breeder: Brenda Morelli of New Priory Stud
Greatest achievements: several team appearances, including double clear to help Britain finish second in the CSIO5* Nations Cup of Gijon, Spain (September 2019); won CSI2* grand prix in Opglabbeek, Belgium (June 2017); third in the CSI4* grand prix of Bolesworth (June 2019); successful in young horse classes and won the CSI3* small grand prix on the Sunshine Tour (February 2020).Horse of the Year show supreme pony Coco Bongo

Rider Ellen Whitaker

“After trying Winston as a four-year-old, I couldn’t buy him fast enough. We saw him jumping at Arena UK with Laura Mantel – he was pretty expensive and I said to Norman Oley, ‘It’s up to you’, obviously with everything crossed for a yes, and a few hours later he found me and said, ‘Let’s go for it.’

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