British rider Francis Whittington (45) who is based in East Sussex last competed at Badminton in 2016. In 2021 with DHI Purple Rain he was 14th in the 5* at Bicton.
Francis learnt to ride at his mother’s riding school and began competing with the Eridge Pony Club. Aged 16 he was selected for the British Pony squad with Northdown Nova and represented GB at the 1993 Pony European Championships in Hasselt (Belgium) winning team silver and individual gold. He was later 2nd in the British Young Rider Championships in 1997,
Francis left school to pursue a career in horses. He also trained as an equine dentist and after practising for ten years, decided to concentrate on eventing fulltime and now runs his yard in East Sussex. He is a BE accredited trainer.
He completed his first four-star at Burghley (2001) and in 2006 completed his first Badminton with Osh Kosh.
He was reserve for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. In 2014 Francis won his first CCI3*at Blenheim in 2014 (Easy Target) and that year became the British Champion. In 2015 he was an individual member of the British squad for the 2015 European Championships at Blair Castle (Easy Target).
Francis is married to Samantha and the couple has a 14-year-old son, Max a keen showjumper and a 9-year old daughter. Outside of eventing he enjoys reading, spending time with the family and sleeping. His younger sister Bryony has also competed at four-star level
DHI Purple Rain (aka Prince) owned by Ro Audley, Belinda and Amy Drummond and Beryl Chaplin, is a 13-year-old Dutch-bred KWPN gelding. He is by the international showjumper Arthos R out of a mare by Niveau. He was acquired from Ian Woodhead as a 5-year-old and has been produced by Francis. His co-owner Ro Audley is an FEI steward
DHI Purple Rain
16.3hh , black , gelding
Sire Arthos R
Dam Wynona VWGs (Niveau)
Breeder D Gjaltema
Andy, Belinda & Amy Drummond