John Whitaker (equestrian)
Whitaker receiving a trophy in 2014
|Representing Great Britain|
|1980 Rotterdam||Jumping Individual|
|1980 Rotterdam||Jumping Team|
|1984 Los Angeles||Team jumping|
|1986 Aachen||Jumping Team|
|1990 Stockholm||Jumping Individual|
|1982 Dublin||Jumping Team|
|1990 Stockholm||Jumping Team|
|1998 Rome||Jumping Team|
|1985 Dinard||Jumping Team|
|1987 St Gallen||Jumping Team|
|1989 Rotterdam||Jumping Individual|
|1989 Rotterdam||Jumping Team|
|1983 Hickstead||Jumping Individual|
|1983 Hickstead||Jumping Team|
|1987 St Gallen||Jumping Individual|
|1991 La Baule||Jumping Team|
|1993 Gijon||Jumping Team|
|1995 St Gallen||Jumping Team|
|1985 Dinard||Jumping Individual|
|1997 Mannheim||Jumping Team|
|2007 Mannheim||Jumping Team|
John Whitaker MBE (born 5 August 1955, Huddersfield) is a British equestrian and Olympian who competes in show jumping. He has won numerous international medals including an olympic silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.
Whitaker has enjoyed success across four decades. He has competed at World and European Championships and five olympic teams between 1984 and 2016.
However he won his olympic medal in 1984 on Ryan's Son who he was given at the age of 18 and had a partnership with for 14 years.
The Whitaker family is well known for its showjumping prowess. John is married to Clare Barr and has three children – Joanne, Louise and Robert. Robert Whitaker has successfully show jumped at the highest levels. John's niece Ellen Whitaker, nephew William Whitaker and younger brother Michael Whitaker are also show jumpers.
John began riding at the age of 6, taught by his mother, who ran a riding school. As children, John and his brother Michael delivered milk using a horse and cart until they were 16 and began to show jump professionally.
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