10 Questions with William Whitaker

August 12, 2020
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at both shows and at home? Our interview series is all about catching up with various individuals in this exciting sport and getting the low down on their lives. The ups, the downs, and everything in between!

This week we are extremely fortunate to be able to share an interview we conducted with top international showjumper, William Whitaker, for our "10 Questions" interview series!

First, could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your job?
I am a professional showjumper, I compete internationally and produce and train horses with my family at our farm in Yorkshire in the UK

Tell us about your first horse/pony...
My first pony was a little white gelding called Peter Pan. He was a gentleman but also very lazy...

What do you love most about your being a professional showjumper?
I love many things about our job. Getting to work with horses everyday is a privilege. We get to travel to some amazing places around the world. I also love to win. (#relatable)

What do you like least about your job?
I think the sport is becoming more and more money orientated.

How would you say you best handle the pressure associated with the sport??
I like to be well prepared, organised and have a plan. Then all you can do is do your best

Photo credit: Ian Stroud Media, provided by William Whitaker

What do you do to unwind or relax?
I like to spend time with my family. We like to go on days out to the zoo or a theme park.

Who has been an inspiration to you?
My Uncles have always been a big inspiration of mine. They started with nothing and achieved what they did in the sport.

What has the sport taught you about life?
You never stop learning. It also taught me to keep my feet on the ground. One day you can be winning the next day you can be sat on the floor.

If you could ride any horse in the world, who would it be?
Tough question. So many great horses past and present. If I had to choose a horse that is jumping currently it would be Explosion W. For the past it would have to be Big Star

And, finally... If you could pick another sport, what would it be?
Probably football. I enjoyed playing when I was a kid but I’m not sure I could of made a career out of it, though :)

Thank you, Will, for taking the time to speak to us!

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for several more interviews which will be published in the next few days!

Anyone interested in featuring in our interview series, please contact andrea@jackdoddfoundation.org

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