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Big day for George.

An outlane youngster from a highly-acclaimed showjumping family will take part in an international competition.

George Whitaker, 12, is joining a long line of relatives when he rides into the London International Horse Show, Olympia, next week.

He will compete alongside one of his world champion uncles, John Whitaker or Michael Whitaker.

The pair will show-off their skills in the mini-major section of the show, which gives young riders the chance to compete with international riders.

But for George, a pupil at Salendine Nook High School, the event will mark months of intensive training.

He said: "This will be one of my biggest shows so far and I am quite nervous.

"But I am just going to relax and do my best.

"If I worry about the crowds I won't get further than the first fence so I am going to really concentrate."

The youngster, a member of the Huddersfield Rockwood Harriers, will take part in the Mitsubishi Motors Pony Club 75th anniversary showjumping competition at the event next Thursday evening.

George, of Lower Hurst, said: "I am not sure which horse I will be riding yet. It will either be Rosie or Taz.

"I like horses a lot and have been riding since I was three and competing since I was nine.

"I am really looking forward to it and feel quite confident."

George's father Ian has been coaching him at home for the event.

George said: "I sometimes train for up to four hours a day.

"That is what you have to do if you want to be as good as my uncles. I really want to do this as a career."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2004
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