Michael Whitaker parts ways with Cassionato

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Wednesday 09 January - 15h54 | Lucas Tracol and press release

Michael Whitaker parts ways with Cassionato

Michael Whitaker has parted ways with his most experienced horse. The 14-year-old Cassionato has landed in the stables of fellow Brit Jamie Gornall. 

For the 30-something Gornall, it's a great present at the start of the year. Previously owned exclusively by Gary and Beverly Widdowson, also owners of Olympic Champion Big Star, the Holsteiner now belongs partly to Chris Blundell, none other than the father-in-law of Jamie Gornall. 

After starting out internationally with Nick Skelton before joining forces with the legendary Whitaker at the end of 2013, Cassionato contributed to victories by Great Britain at the CSIO5* Nations Cups of La Baule and Rotterdam in 2015, and Rome a year later. Powerful and strong-willed, the grey (Cassini x Quidam de Revel) helped his partner get selected to the European Championships in Aachen in 2015, as well as the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. That Brazilian adventure nevertheless came to end during the competition after signs of colic in the horse. 

“I am extremely excited that Cassionato is here and look forward to building up a strong relationship with him as we aim for the 2019 European Championships and Tokyo 2020,” Gornall said in a press release. “He has some illustrious bloodlines, incredible ability and a brilliant temperament.” Less strong in competition over recent months, Cassionato will pursue both his sporting career as well as that of breeding stallion when the competition calendar permits. 

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