Robert Whitaker Equestrian

As the son of three-times Olympic showjumper John Whitaker MBE and with countless family members taking part in the sport, there was never any doubt about what Robert Whitaker’s career would be hugely successful.

He lived up to the Whitaker name in style from the start, winning six European team golds medals and an individual bronze at European pony, junior and young rider championships. He has represented his country on senior Nations Cup teams on more than 25 occasions and was among the British riders long-listed for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Robert’s wife Kate is also from an equestrian family and competes in showjumping at top level. Between them, they have all the skills required to produce horses from the start of their careers to winning Grand Prix.

They always have a good selection of showjumpers for sale and can also help you source and produce your own future star. They offer training, residential courses and clinics and are happy to compete horses for owners.

Grand Prix Starts
World Cup Starts
Nations Cup Starts

Career Highlights

  • Twice winner of Cock O’The North at the Yorkshire County Show
  • Gold Cup Win at Helsinki in 2019 with Catwalk IV
  • Holds world record for Highest Puissance BAREBACK at 2.12m
  • Winner of six European team golds medals and individual bronze at European Pony, Junior and Young Rider Championships.
  • Winner of the 3* 1.50 at Braunschweig | 2020
  • Winner of the 5* 1.50 at Göteborg | 2020
  • Winner of the 5* 1.45 at La Coruña | 2019
  • 2nd in the 5* Grand Prix at Villach, Treffen | 2019
  • Winner of the 3* Grand Prix In Eschweiler | 2019
  • Winner of the 3* 1.40 in Eschweiller | 2019
  • 2nd in the 4* Grand Prix at Dortmund | 2019
  • 2nd in the 5* 1.55 at Villach, Treffen | 2019
  • Winner of the 5* 1.50 at Helsinki | 2019
  • Winner of the 5 Fence Challenge at HOYS | 2019
  • Winner of the Accumulator at HOYS | 2019
  • Winner of the Puissance at HOYS | 2019
  • 2nd in the 5* 1.45 at London, Olympia | 2018
  • Winner of the 5* 50 at London Olympia | 2018
  • 2nd in the 5* 1.45 at London Olympia | 2018
  • 2nd in the 5* 1.50 at Oslo | 2018
  • 2nd in the 5* Kingdom Of Bahrain Stakes For The King’s Cup at Windsor | 2018
  • Winner of the 2* Grand Prix in Keysoe | 2017
  • Winner of the 5* The Royal International Accumulator at Hickstead | 2017
  • On the winning Nations Cup Team in Linz-Ebelsberg | 2017
  • Winner of the 4* Grand Prix at Sunshine Tour | 2017

The Whitaker Family

Iconic in the showjumping world, the Whitaker family have been taking to arenas for generations, here’s a closer look at our family tree…



26 January 1983, in Yorkshire.


Wife Kate, and two daughters Evie & Millie.

Best Ever Horse


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

The be world number one. The Olympics would be good too!

Alternative Career

I haven’t a clue! It would have to involve making money…

Did you know...?

Robert has spent time training in Germany with his idol Ludger Beerbaum.

He holds the world record for the bareback puissance. In 2011 in Stockholm, he cleared a 2.12m wall riding Waterstone without a saddle (we think he’s mad too!)

Best Current Horse

Catwalk although he’s Rob’s, I will always be grateful for everything he’s done for us.

Best Ever Horse

Milton. I think he would suit the sport as much today as he did in his day.

Horse I would love to ride

Either Itot du chateau or Donatello 141

Equestrian Hero

My father in law of course!

Best Ever Win

Not my win personally but still very special to me; Rob and Catwalk taking both the World Cup and Grand Prix in Helsinki a day apart from each other.

Equestrian Ambition

To help Rob find and produce horses for him to compete internationally.

Alternative Career

Special effects make up artist

Did you know...?

John Whitaker’s real first name is Edwin!