Father and son Michael and Jack as well as Joe Clayton have been busy competing in different parts of Europe this week – read Melissa Whitakers update below to see how they got on and why Michael really is feeling the pressure to make it to the World Cup final.
Michael Whitaker Wins in Norway
This week Michael went to freezing Norway for the first of the Longines FEI World Cup qualifiers and had a fantastic start to the weekend. He won the Grand Prix on Viking on the Saturday, and stable jockey Joe Clayton won the 2* Grand Prix. Unfortunately Michael had one unlucky rail in the World Cup qualifier so they are now heading to even colder Helsinki (Finland) to gather some points as his children are desperate to get to go to Las Vegas for the final.
Jack Whitaker Makes A Major Step Forward
At home, Jack had an amazing weekend jumping his first under 23’s at Aintree. Out of the 50 odd starters only 10 jumped clear and Jack, only 13 years old, had 4 faults with his top horse Savour (owned by Joe Clayton) and 8 faults with his other horse. He then went on to try his first Senior Grand Prix on the Sunday, again with Savior and had one run out but no fences down. Needless to say, the whole team are very proud of him!