Michael Whitaker has been selected for the past three British championships teams and is now heading for the Rio Olympics with Beverly Widdowson’s Cassionata.
Michael helped Britain win team gold at the 2013 Europeans with Viking as well as playing a vital role when gaining team qualification for the Rio Olympics at the 2015 Europeans in Aachen. Britain fnished fourth to claim their Olympic spot.
Michael is one of the founding members of the Whitaker family showjumping dynasty, and began competing at the young age of seven. Michael trained with legendary Swedish coach Lars Sederholm when he was 16, the age at which he made his international debut. At the age of 20 he became Hickstead Derby’s youngest winner in 1980 and he has since won 12 European Championship medals. He has ridden in four Olympic Games, the first time being in 1984. Michael has competed in more than 20 FEI World Cup finals, finishing second in 2005.
Michael Whitaker lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and three children.