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About Chris

Newsprint winning Adelaide CCI4****

Newsprint winning Adelaide CCI4****

Chris Burton is an established elite rider, competing on the Australian, British and European Eventing circuits and is currently based in the Godalming area, Surrey, UK.

Career Highlights

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 –, 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 – “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.


Chris and Spice

Chris and Spice



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.




4**** Debut with Deo Juvante at Adelaide

4**** Debut with Deo Juvante at Adelaide



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.


For a further insight into Chris, what he does and where he comes from please take a look at this 2015 Badminton feature produced by Pro Horse Films.


  1. Louise Kennemore says:

    Great to see you riding in the olympics, me and my sister came to your yard in Australia 10 years ago when we visiting our Auntie. It was an amazing experience, still got the photos from one of the events we went to with you. Good luck with the cross country ans showjumping Hope you do well.

  2. Paul Barrett says:

    Hi Burto. We’ve really enjoyed following you and your horses on the road to London. There have being plenty of impressive reports on the net and in magazines about your amazing achivements in places we only dream about but the reports I have enjoyed the most are the ones I get from your Mum when I call her to give her news on your old mate Deo.

    You, Leni and the rest of the Australian Eventing team kept Fiona, me and a few million other Aussies up all night earlier in the week and when you crossed the finish line after riding the perfect cross country round we, like many others thought that team gold was a possibilty and a medal was a certainty. We could not belive what unfolded over the next few hours.The next day we felt for you as your show jumping round didn’t go to plan.

    What amazed us most was that after such a roller coaster of a three day event you were still smiling and looking like you were enjoying the ride and the Olympic experience.

    Congratulations on doing such a great job at representing your country. Your a great Australian. Were looking foward to following you in future events and I’m sure more success.


    Bye for now
    Paul, Fiona, Deli, Moni, Nalin and Nich Barrett

  3. Kate Evans says:

    Hi Chris. Congratulations on your fantastic win at the Adelaide international horse trials on the weekend in the 4****. This proves what a great horseman you are to step in 2 days before the comp and win. You are up there with Mark Todd!! You make all us Assies proud.
    Kate. Wodonga Australia

    • Chris Burton says:

      Thank you for your kind words. It was such a great experience!

  4. Paul Barrett says:

    Hi Burto,
    How time flies. It seems like yesterday we were watching you go clear in London. We haven’t talked for a while but I did manage to catch up with your Mum the other day and we had a great chat. The results you have achieved in recent times have been amazing and its fantastic to see you on the Olympic team again.

    I’m not quite sure of the time table and draw but you can be rest assured the that the Barrett House Hold will be up and barracking for Burto and Santano 11 along with the rest of your Aussie fans regardless of where the sun is shining.

    Best of luck Burto

    The Barrett Family.


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