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Michael is one of the founding members of the famous Whitaker showjumping dynasty. He first came to fame in 1980 when he won the Hickstead Derby on his first attempt, at the age of 20. He went on to win this iconic competition another three times.
Michael has also won Olympic team silver at the 1994 Olympics, and a haul of European Championship medals, including two team gold and individual silver. However, individual gold still eludes the 60-year-old - which is still hopes to win with his top horse Valmy de Lande.
Michael talks about his future ambitions in this interview, as well as his past successes. We also talk about:
- How winning the Hickstead Derby on his debut changed his life
- The secret to his very long success
- The horses that made his career
- The riders he respects - and learns from
- Passing on his years of experience to his son, Jack
- How showjumping has changed over the years, and how he has had to adapt his riding to stay competitive
- The impact of the Global Champions Tour on showjumping
- The Whitaker showjumping dynasty - find out who he thinks is the most talented, who is the stroppiest and who is the last one at the bar!
- Why his former top horse Viking lives out - 24/7
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