Highlights of his career include winning the Australian International 3de 4**** in Adelaide on “Newsprint” in 2008 and being placed 2nd again in this event in 2010 and another win with “TS Jamaimo” in 2013. He won the Sydney World Cup Qualifier on “Holstein Park Leilani” in 2010 and was placed 2nd in the 2011 Kihikihi World Cup event in New Zealand. He also represented Australia with this mare at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and at the London Olympics in 2012. Leilani finished her career with a win in Aachen in 2013. Chris won the same event the year before on Underdiscussion. Another highlight for 2012 was coming 1st and 2nd at Saumur in the CCI*** with Haruzac and Holstein Park Leilani.
Chris was selected to represent Australia at the 2014 World Equestrian Games on TS Jamaimo in 2014 but was unfortunately forced to withdraw when Jamaimo became ill.
In 2015 Chris took out the World Record for the lowest ever finishing score at a three day event aboard “Santano” in the CCI** in Camphire. The pair finished on their dressage score of 24.5. (watch test here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2TbcsCGul4), Chris finished second in the same class on “Cooley Lands” and first in the CIC*** on Nobilis. He was 4th at Luhmuhlen in the CCI**** with first timer “Graf Liberty”, 1st at the British Open Championship with TS Jamaimo and 3rd and 4th at Burghley CCI**** with “TS Jamaimo” and “Haruzac” (watch TS Jamaimo storm around the XC here – http://vod2015.burghley.tv). “Nobilis” scooped up second place in his first CCI*** at Blenheim Palace and “Cooley Lands” came fourth in the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion D’Angers.
To top off a great year, Chris finished the 2015 season in second place in the World Rankings.
2016 saw Chris with one of his biggest career wins, taking out the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Nobilis 18, he also won the Saumur CCI3* with Santano and the pair went on to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics where they placed 5th and were part of the Bronze Medal winning team. The year was wrapped up with a win in the 6 year old World Championships aboard Fire Fly.
Chris enjoyed a quieter 2017 as he welcomed his first child, Harry, to the world. However, he still managed to win the CCI2* (Limited Edition) and CIC3* (Quality Purdey) at Haras du Pin as well as the prestigious Blenheim 8 and 9 year old Championships aboard Cooley Lands.
To make up for a quiet year in 2017, Chris begun 2018 with a trip across to Kentucky with Nobilis 18 in the CCI4* where they finished in 9th place. He then took out another win in the CCI3* at Saumur. This time with Quality Purdey who also came an exceptionally close second in the CICO3* at Aachen. Chris took out the series win for the Event Rider Masters after winning Arville (Polystar) and Blair Castle (Graf Liberty) as well as a third at Barbury Castle (Polystar). He also claimed the British Open Championships at Gatcombe with Polystar. Chris returned to America later in the year to represent Australia at the World Equestrian Games with Cooley Lands.
He has been the recipient of the NSW Eventing rider of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was also selected the Australian Eventer Rider of the Year in 2005 and was awarded the Anna Savage Medal for Australian Best and Fairest rider in 2008.
Chris grew up on a grain farm near Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia
It was here he begun his riding career on a naughty pony called Clancy he got for his 3rd birthday. When he was 6 Chris was given a pony called Spice who was to
really kick-start his eventing career. While his older brother, Karl, now a professional campdrafting and cutting rider, was out helping muster cattle, Chris was busy building jumps using bricks and broomsticks for Spice to jump.
In 1994 Chris did his first EFA event on Just Joshin. Shortly after Chris started riding his first real super star, Deo Juvante . ‘Deo’ and Chris rose through to 4**** and from here Chris has not looked back.