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Showjumping legend goes for World Cup glory aged 66, and different issues the horse world is speaking about

  • John Whitaker

    The word “legend” is used often, but about few people more deserving than John Whitaker. The 66-year-old showjumper is at the top of his game, where he has been for decades, and is this week heading to Germany for the World Cup final. John is aiming for a record-equalling third win, 21 years after the second of his two victories on the incomparable Milton.

    Find out who John’s riding, and who his competition is

    Soundness or the wow factor?

    In an exclusive column for H&H, four-time Olympian and leading breeder and trainer Jennie Loriston-Clarke looks at breeding for longevity. Jennie considers how lameness history and conformation should be considered in breeding decisions, as well as how horses’ fitness and preparation from a young age affect long-term soundness

    Where are the promising young horses now?

    Farewell to the £750 cob who completed Burghley twice

    Done To Order, the 15.2hh cob who jumped twice round Burghley with Piggy March, has been put down in his 30s. Described by Piggy as a “phenomenal jumper and a tough little dude”, the Irish dun was bought by Libby Ellis as a “poor, plain and rough-looking” two-year-old, who went on to strut his stuff at the highest level of the sport.

    “He put you back in your box if you thought he wasn’t good enough”

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