Robert Whitaker is an international show jumper who rides for the British Team.
Robert is the son of John Whitaker MBE, nephew of Michael Whitaker and cousin of both Ellen and William Whitaker.
Robert was born on January 26, 1983 and grew up in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Robert has represented the British Showjumping Team many times from junior pony level to the senior ranks. He is a prospect for both the next Olympics and other international show jumping classes. One of Robert's career highlights to date was becoming the British Open Champion at the inaugural British Open Show Jumping Championships in 2003. He has since been crowned champion again in 2008 and 2009. He has now won the title a total of 3 times.
Robert has ridden many horses at the highest level. Some of his many horses include Lacroix, his winner at the British Open, and Finbarr, a very successful puissance specialist. He has also previously ridden the horse Arko, now competing successfully with Nick Skelton.
Between 1999 and 2002 Robert won two team gold medals at the Junior European Championships and two individual golds at the Young Rider European Championships. Robert joined his first Nations Cup team at La Baule in 2001 at just 18 years of age. In 2003 he won the inaugural British Open title and went on to be selected for Great Britain in the Nations Cup Team in Lisbon where he jumped the winning round to secure victory.
In 2005, Robert was selected for a World Class Start and Potential Programme aimed to develop riders to Olympics levels for 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Robert had fantastic results at the 2007 British Open winning the Zinc Management Stakes, the Grandstand Classic and the Puissance. He went the whole way and won the British Open Show Jumping Championships Final for the second time in 2008 on the fabulous Lacroix 9.
Robert and his partner Kate Jackaman became proud parents to their first child daughter Evie in April 2013.