When John Whitaker started competing Ryan`s Son he only had 50p BSJA winnings, but this would soon be increased as the pair notched up many wins in there illustrious 10 year career. Career highlights include a silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, silver at the European Championships and bronze in the world championships.
John and Ryan Son also won the King George V cup and the Hickstead Derby, it was during the Hickstead Derby that we saw the sad end to him after a fall in the ring he later collapsed and died. A sad end for this showjumping superstar, but he certainly left a huge mark on the showjumping world and help contribute hugely to the exceptional career of John Whitaker.
Great riders need great horses and this is certainly the case with Ryan`s Son who helped catapult John Whitaker into the big time, Ryan`s Son had a mere 50p on his BSJA card when he was given to John by Malcolm Barr, who would later become his father in-Law