Throughout 2012 the Nottinghamshire-based company continues to go from strength to strength and this year celebrates 20 years in business.
Says Jayne Whittaker: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 20th birthday it is a huge milestone and coincides with 2012 being such an important year for equestrian sports in the UK.
“The last 20 years has certainly gone very quickly and the team here are looking forward to many more successful years ahead.
“It is also wonderful to be working alongside my daughter Jordan, who is now very much involved in the business and combines her passion for show jumping with work commitments.”
The company was originally launched by Jayne and her husband Yan, working from a large barn at their home with Yan manufacturing horseboxes on his own for two years.
“Yan decided to start building horseboxes after he bought me a horse for Valentine’s Day and went out to buy a horsebox. We discovered a gap in the market at the luxury end and after building the first one for me it just went from there,” says Jayne.
“In 1994 Yan had a riding accident breaking his neck, collarbone, puncturing both lungs and damaging several ribs, so that he was unable to continue manufacturing by himself.
“This resulted in us employing five members of staff to work with Yan to ensure that the Whittaker quality and satisfaction was maintained.”
In 1996 Jayne and Yan moved to larger business premises at Gamston Airfield, near Newark and Whittaker Coachbuilders quickly became one of the leading quality horsebox brands in the UK, constantly innovating with new designs while maintaining and improving on already high standards.
Adds Jayne: “In 2007 Yan was involved in a fatal car accident but I knew we had to continue with the business in his memory and to support the team, several of whom had been with the company for many years.
“Without doubt the last five years have been hard work but we have a great team and are dedicated to designing and building horseboxes to the very highest standards.”
Whittaker Coachbuilders maintains its position as one of the leading horsebox manufacturers in the UK concentrating on quality without compromise.
Each horsebox is built to order with customers able to specify exactly what they want around a standard frame.
For further information contact Whittaker Coachbuilders on 01777 839086 or visit www.whittakers.com