George Whitaker graduates from the Rolex young riders academy

Britain's talented George Whitaker was amongst the elite on the Young Riders Academy supported by Rolex to graduate this week.

Boy Adrian van Gelderen (Belgium), Jonathan Gordon (Ireland), Maria Madenova (Russia), Marcell Marschall (Germany), Margeaux Rocuet (France) and George Whitaker (UK) gathered in Lausanne and Geneva this week to complete their education route in veterinary, mental coaching, communication and legal issues.

“Special guest of this session has been the international course designer Louis Koninckx who gave interesting guidelines to keep in mind while walking the course,” says Sven Holmberg, sport manager of the programme."

The team were also welcomed at the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, where FEI President Ingmar De Vos introduced to them keys for future growth in showjumping.

“The Academy for me was fantastic because of the training I received from Jos Lansink, different views of the sport and lot of new contacts that led me going to Wellington Florida for the winter circuit,” said George, who also received a Rolex watch from Rolex, supporters of the Young Riders Academy.

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