Meet John Whitaker

  • Horse: Peppermill, 9yo 16.2hh bay KWPN stallion by Burggraaf

    Age: 51

    Championship experience: John has represented Britain at international championships on numerous occasions during his glittering career. Among his 20 championships medals are team and individual gold, silver and bronze.

    Recent form

    John has been conjuring up some impressive performances from his new partner Peppermill since he took over the ride in February. They won the grand prix at San Patrignano in Italy before travelling back to the UK for the Royal International Horse Show. While Peppermill wasn’t firing on all cylinders in the first round of the Nations Cup, when the pressure was on in the second round John produced an incredible clear round to ensure victory for Britain.

    Major results with Peppermill

    • 1st grand prix & 3rd Grand Prix: Spanish Sunshine Tour 2006
    • Nations Cup teams 2006: Hickstead 1st, Aachen 3rd; Lucerne 8th; Rotterdam =5th
    • 3rd grand prix: Castle Ashby
    • 5th grand prix: CSIO La Baule


    John is married to Clare and they have three children; Louise, Robert and Joanne. John suffered a brain aneurism whilst competing in Sweden in December 2000, but made a full recovery following hospital treatment and has returned to competition at the highest level.

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