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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