Francis Whittington


Francis Whittington

Great Britain
  • 27 - DHI Purple Rain


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

KWPM, Netherlands, 2010
16.3hh , black , gelding

Sire Arthos R

Dam Wynona VWGs (Niveau)

Breeder D Gjaltema

Owner(s): Ro Audley
Andy, Belinda & Amy Drummond

Notable Results

2022 – Burghley CCI5* ret DHI Purple Rain

2022 – Barbury Castle CCI4*S 10th DHI Purple Rain

2022 – Houghton Hall CCIO4*S 13th DHI Purple Rain

2021 – Bicton CCI5*L 14th DHI Purple Rain

2021 – Hartpury CCI4*S 51 DHI Purple Rain

2019 – Blenheim CCI4*L 37th DHI Purple Rain

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* Ret Easy target

2015 – Burghley 30th Hasty Imp

2014 – Pau CCI4* 18th West Side

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 25th Hasty Imp

2012 – Burghley CCI4* 17th Sir Percival

2011 – Burghley CCI4* 13th Sir Percival, 53rd Easy Target

2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 11th Sir Percival

2010 – Burghley CCI4* 10th Sir Percival

2010 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* EL Sir Percival

2006 – Burghley CCI4* Ret’d Osh Kosh

2004 – Burghley CCI4* 34th Spin Doctor


2016 – 21st Hasty Imp

2015 – 51st Hasty Imp, ret Fernhill Highlight