The fabulous Milton(1977 – 1999) was a grey gelding and stood 16.2 hands (168 cm) high. Milton was by Dutch warmblood Marius, out of Irish Draught Aston Answers (first called Epauletta). His grandsire was international jumper Any Questions and his granddam was Pennywort by the thoroughbred Top Walk xx. So Milton‘s lines included successful sportshorses in both paternal and maternal lines, his sire and grandsire being an international level and his dam a Grade A national level jumper.
Milton was bought as a foal by Caroline Bradley from the breeder John Harding-Rolls. She trained him until her death in 1983, after which many offers were made to her parents to buy the gelding, who had already proven his talent but they kept the horse. Stephen Hadley (now FEI TV commentator) rode Milton for a short time, before John Whitaker took over him. The couple entered international competition in 1985. The rest is history!
Here’s a fantastic jump-off from Horse of the Year Show in London 1981 with the fresh Junior European Champion Lesley McNaught, the youngsters John Whitaker and Nick Skelton, David Broome, Malcolm Pyrah, Sally Mapleson, Liz Edgar and Caroline Bradley!
Five fanstastic riders in the jump-off for the 1980 Radio Rentals Championship in London. John Whitaker on Ryans Son, Stephen Hadley (now FEI TV commentator) on Sonorra, Caroline Bradley on Tigre, and the youngsters Nick Skelton on Maybe and Robert Smith on Sanyo Video!