5 Minutes with Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker

Get the Lowdown on Robert Whitaker

LEADING British rider Robert Whitaker has six European team gold medals and an individual bronze at European pony, junior and young rider championships.

Sponsored by Suregrow, Robert has also represented his country on senior Nations Cup teams on more than 25 occasions.

Son of the legendary John Whitaker, Robert is an international star in his own right. He is a top producer of young horses, with a show jumping business in the south of England.

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The family’s incredible show jumping success may have started many years ago, but with two representatives at the 2016 Olympic Games, this Yorkshire dynasty is showing no sign of slowing down.


Born: January 16, 1983 in Yorkshire.


Family: wife Kate and daughters Evie and Millie.


Best current horse: Catwalk


Best ever horse: Lacroix


Horse I would love to ride: McLain Ward’s mare HH Azur. She’s something else.


Equestrian hero: Ludger Beerbaum


Best ever win: The Grand Prix in Madrid on Nicolette.


Equestrian ambition: To be world number one. The Olympics would be good too.


Alternative career: I haven’t a clue, but it would have to involve making money!


Did you know? I hold the world record for the bareback puissance. In 2011 in Stockholm, I cleared a 2.12m wall riding Waterstone without a saddle.

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