Ellen Whitaker

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Ellen Whitaker
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Personal information
Full name Ellen Whitaker
Nationality  United Kingdom
Discipline Show jumping
Born (1986-03-05) 5 March 1986 (age 31)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Ellen Whitaker (born 5 March 1986) is an English female show jumping rider, ranked 22nd by the British Showjumping Association for March 2014.


Competing since the age of 5, Whitaker has had much experience in the equestrian world and qualified for HOYS at just 8 years old.[1]

In 2006, Whitaker and her father Steven Whitaker were hit with a legal dispute over ownership of thirteen horses, including her top horse Locarno. However, a few months later a peace deal was made.[2][3]

In 2007, Whitaker represented Great Britain in the European Championships and helped allow Britain to qualify for the Olympics after jumping triple clear. She missed out on being selected for the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to lameness in horse Locarno 62.

In 2010, Whitaker spoke to the press after refusing to jump for the British team due to a conflict with the British team manager, Rob Hoekstra. She told Horse & Hound: “I only have Ocolado at the moment and Rob wanted to interfere with the way I do everything.” Her father and manager Steven Whitaker added: "It’s not a matter of Ellen not wanting to jump for her country, but we won’t jump again until Rob Hoekstra is finished." But British Equestrian Federation World Class performance director Will Connell said: "The riders wanted stronger management and leadership and that’s what Rob is delivering." Hoekstra did not wish to comment, saying: “I do not think team issues are best resolved through the press.”[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of former show jumper Stephen Whitaker and his wife Carol,and niece of rider John & Michael Whitaker. Her brothers Joe, Thomas and Donald, as well as her cousins Robert, William, Louise, Joanne, George, James and Jack are also show jumpers.

She lives on the family farm near Barnsley, South Yorkshire[5] and attended Penistone Grammar School.

On 26 February 2011, Whitaker announced her engagement to actor Henry Cavill.[6] The pair called off their engagement on 18 August 2012.[7]

On 19 September 2011, Whitaker pleaded guilty to drink driving. Whitaker was stopped by local Police in Knutsford Town Centre, Cheshire at 2 am after she attended a charity ball. A roadside breath test proved positive and she was taken to a police station where her lowest reading was 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - more than double the legal limit of 35.[8]

Whitaker's son, Harry Marinas Whitaker, by her partner, Spanish showjumper Antonio Marinas Soto, was born 17 May 2014.[9]

Whitaker's second child, Frankie Thomas Marinas- Whitaker, by her partner, Antonio Marinas Soto, was born 20th March 2016.[10]

On 5th August 2016, Ellen and her long term partner, Spanish showjumper Antonio Mariñas Soto announced their engagement. .[11]



  • Arena UK Winston (born 2009), ISH, Stallion, sired by: waldo, damsire: Hamilton Tropics Owner: Ellen Whitaker
  • Billy On Ice (born 2009), Anglo European, Mare, sire Billy Congo, damsire: Wolfgang, Owners: Donal Barnwell
  • Fleur (born 2008), Anglo European, Mare, sire: Zacharov TN, dam: My Darling Buffy
  • Irorko VD Brouwershoeve (born 2008), Belgian Warmblood, Gelding, sire: Canturano, dam: Artemis, Owners: Jose Bono Rodríguez & Club Hipico Fierro
  • Luibanta BH (born 2008), ISH, Stallion, sire: Luidam,Dam Sire: Abantos Owner: Gochman Sport Horse LLC
  • Virginia (born 2005), Mare, sire: Centauer Z, dam: Bella Madona, Owners: Haudani Consulting S.L

Former show horses[edit]

  • Magic Mal
  • Miami Bound
  • Savy Mill
  • Lawyer
  • Great Love
  • Kanselier (born 1992), Dutch Warmblood, gelding, sired by: Notaris, damsire: Nimmerdor
  • Locarno 62 (born 1996), Holsteiner horse, Stallion, sire Lord Calidos, damsire: Romino, Owners: Dawn Makin & Steven Whitaker
  • Equimax Ocolado (born 1996), Dutch Warmblood, Gelding, sire: Habsburg, damsire: Calvados, Owners: Dawn Makin & Steven Whitaker
  • Ladina B (born 1997), Württemberger, Mare
  • Royal Rose (born 1998), Dutch Warmblood, Stallion, sire: Calvados, Owner: Steven Whitaker
  • Ximena (born 2001), Mare, sire: Irco Mena 763, damsire: Hertigen, Owners: Dawn Makin & Steven Whitaker
  • Arena UK Lando (born 2002), Oldenburg horse, Gelding, sire: Landor S, damsire: Lord, Owner: Norman Orly


  • European Junior Championships:
    • 2003, San Remo: Rank 2 (Team)
  • European Championships:
    • 2007, Mannheim: Rank 3 (Team)

Among many others, some of her achievements are:

  • Winning the 2010 British Open Show Jumping Championships[12]
  • Winning the 2010 Hickstead Speed Derby[13]
  • Winning the 2009 HOYS show jumper of the year Grand Prix and show jumper of the show
  • Winning the HOYS speed stakes in 2006, 2008 and 2009
  • Winning the HOYS 2009 Puissance
  • Winning the 2007 Hickstead Speed Derby


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