Profile: Michael Whitaker

Michael Whitaker

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 17/3/1960
Birthplace:Huddersfield, England
Residence: England
Height: 1.72 m / 5′ 8”
Status: Active
Career: 1980 – Present




Younger brother of John Whitaker, Michael Whitaker began competing on ponies at the age of 7.


He trained with legendary Swedish coach Lars Sederholm when he was 16. At this age, Michael made his international debut. When aged 20, in 1980, he became Hickstead Derby’s youngest winner. Since this first victory,  he has won 12 European Championship medals.


He has ridden in four Olympic Games, the first time being in 1984. His most memorable career moments are winning eight European Championship medals. Michael has competed in more than 20 FEI World Cup finals, finishing second in 2005.


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.


He qualified for the individual jumping final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but was forced to withdraw when his horse Cassionato showed symptoms of colic [an intestinal disorder].


Michael Whitaker lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and three children.




1984 Olympic Team Silver medallist
1985/1987/1989/2013 European Championship Team Gold medallist
1986 World Championship Team Silver medallist
1989 European Individual Silver medallist
1991 European Team Silver medallist
2013 LGCT Madrid Grand Prix winner
2015 LGCT Shanghai Grand Prix Bronze medallist



Fun Facts

Competed for Team GB in Rio 2016 in Equestrian Jumping Individual, and Equestrian Jumping Team.


His moto is “Always keep trying.”

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