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Milton (horse)

Medal record
World Championships
Silver 1990 Stockholm Individual show jumping
Bronze 1990 Stockholm Team show jumping
European Championships
Gold 1987 St Gallen Team show jumping
Silver 1987 St Gallen Individual show jumping
Gold 1989 Rotterdam Team show jumping
Gold 1989 Rotterdam Individual show jumping

Milton was a horse ridden by the famous rider John Whitaker. The great grey won many International events in show jumping, and was well known for his famous leap into the air that brought everyone to their feet at the prize giving ceremonies.

  • Color: Gray
  • Height: 16.2 hh (168 cm)
  • Breeding: by Marius, grandsire was Marco Polo, Dam Aston Answers, Grand Dam Pennywort
  • Breeder: John Harding-Rolls
  • Riders: John Whitaker, Caroline Bradley & Stephen Hadley
  • Owners: Mr. and Mrs. Bradley
  • Born in: February 16th, 1977
  • First Name: Marius Silver Jubilee
  • Started international career: 1985
  • Retired: 1994
  • Died: July 1999.

Born in 1977, Milton was bought by Caroline Bradley from the breeder John Harding-Rolls as a weanling. Son of the International show jumping stallion the Dutch bred Marius out of an English mare Aston Answer (by Any Questions), who had competed at Grade A national level and who herself was out of a show jumping mare Pennywort (1970 Foxhunter Champion) by Top Walk, Milton was bred to jump. When Milton was young Miss Caroline Bradley told her parents he would be her Olympic mount. She trained him until her death in 1983, after which many offers were made to her parents to buy the talented animal. Stephen Hadley rode Milton for a short time, before he became a mount of the world-renowned international rider John Whitaker.

It was with John Whitaker, between the years 1985 to 1994, that Milton was most successful. The grey had many international victories, and became the first horse outside the racing world to win more than £1 million in prize money. Throughout his career, Milton rarely touched a rail or refused a fence. The gelding was a favorite with the crowd, many times ending a successful round with a great leap into the air. It was clear that he loved being a show jumper. Even after his retirement at the 1994 Olympia Horse Show, he was adored by all. John once said about Milton, "Simply The Best"

Milton died July 4, 1999. He was buried on the Whitaker's farm in Yorkshire.


  • Over £1 million in prize money won
  • Winner of the 1986 Du Maurier Limited International competition, Spruce Meadows, then the richest (in total prize money) showjumping competition in the world.
  • Individual Silver and Team Gold 1987 European Championships in St Gallen
  • Eight place at the 1988 FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg
  • Individual and Team Gold 1989 European Championships in Rotterdam
  • Winner 1990 FEI World Cup Final in Dortmund
  • Winner 1991 FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg
  • Fifth place at the 1991 European Championships in La Baule


European Championship pdf. file

World Cup Finals

World Equestrian Games

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