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Burton-Brooke Silent Auction

In addition to the evening hosted at our yard we are also running an online auction as part of our efforts to raise money for The Brooke. Check out the fantastic prizes below and follow the link to get your bids in before it is too late!








Silent Online Auction in aid of the “Burton Brooke Project” –

fund raising in aid of The Brooke to support a Community Mobile Vet Clinic in Pakistan. The Brooke is an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest countries –


The following eight prizes have been generously donated by supporters of our event to be held on September 25th 2014. Please CLICK on the images below to make a bid for one or more of them!


NB: This online auction will close at 8pm on September 25th 2014 in conjunction  with the auction at the event. Successful bidders will be notified shortly after, using the contact details they have provided and payment will be requested promptly. By bidding you are committing to purchasing the lot if you are the winner.

Please bid generously to secure your prize ! Only minimum bid increments of £10 will be accepted 


Donations can also be made via


Happy bidding, THANK YOU for your support and Good Luck!

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Burton-Brooke charity event – Just Giving


The Burton-Brooke charity evening is just 6 weeks away!

We are really exciting to be hosting an evening at our yard in support of The Brooke, a charity organisation aimed at improving the lives of working horses in the world’s poorest communities.

We have chosen to aim our support at developing and funding a mobile veterinary service in Lahore, Pakistan.

All money raised on the evening goes to the Brooke. If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate to this fantastic cause we have set up a Just Giving where you can make any sized donation in any currency.

If you would like to attend and have not yet purchased a ticket, they are £30 each or 2 for £50. Tickets can be secured by emailing Karen at [email protected]


We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for your support.

Dry July

In order to celebrate the news that TS Jamaimo had been selected on the Australian team at the World Equestrian Games in August Bek and I signed up to participate in Dry July, along with a few other fellow Australian Eventers.

Dry July is an Australian based charity event involving giving up alcohol for the month in order to raise funds for adults living with cancer. If you would like to support this fantastic cause, donating to our team ‘Aussie Eventers’ is really easy via this link

The abstinence didn’t seem to weigh in our favour at Aachen. Graf Liberty did one of his best dressage tests to date scoring a 39 and show jumped in the electric Aachen main arena for an unlucky one down. Unfortunately the next morning he showed signs of a virus and we had to withdraw before XC. It is always a disappointing decision to have to make but it was an easy one. He is such a lovely young horse who will have plenty of big shows ahead of him. A big thanks to the Graf Liberty Syndicate for all your support.

We have a very busy few months ahead so hopefully some better luck is headed our way.

Quick catch up


Following some technical issues we are back online! A lot has happened over the past few weeks. We had the biggest boldest Badminton we have seen in years. Despite a disappointing 20 penalties XC I felt that TS Jamaimo showed an enormous amount of heart and stamina around the toughest track he has ever faced in heavy going (we are not sure he had actually ever run in mud before, having come from Australia!).


TS Jamaimo strutting his stuff in the dressage at Badminton – Photo Julia McLean

We have been out competing with the younger horses in our team and are thrilled with how they are progressing this season. Santano II picked up a win in the Novice at Tweseldown and Dutch Man Retto won the Novice at Salperton. We went to the first event run by Farley Hall and cannot praise them enough for the great job they have done on the cross country course.

Dutch Man Retto on his way to winning the Novice at Salperton – Photo David Webster


Santano II tacking the water jump at the new event at Farley Hall

Santano II tacking the water jump at the new event at Farley Hall – Photo David Webster


We have also had Luhmuhlen come and go. Things didn’t quite go our way and after a beautiful dressage test and three quarters of an amazing cross country round Tempranillo and I parted company at the apex in the water. Such is the sport!

Tempranillo during the dressage at Luhmuhlen. – Photo Guillaume Beguin


The moment…


… re-living the moment



We have an exciting few months ahead with Graf Liberty heading to Aachen and TS Jamaimo and Graf Liberty selected on the Australian WEG squad.



The Burton-Brooke Project Update


Chris Burton and HP Leilani at the London Olympics

“Preparing for Rio 2016!”


Australian Olympian rider

Chris Burton

talks about his preparation for Olympic Gold


The evening includes wine and canapés, presentations by Chris on his Olympic preparation and the work of equine welfare charity, The Brooke


Weather permitting; Chris will give a jumping demonstration

Meet some of the yard’s horses and read their stories


Thursday 25th September 2014

6.30pm – 9pm


Park Hatch

Dunsfold Road, Loxhill, (nr Hascombe), Godalming GU8 4BL


Tickets are priced at £30pp or £50 for two

Limited availability


RSVP email:


There will be a silent auction on the night in aid of the Brooke


The Brooke is an International animal welfare organisation

which raises money to improve the lives of working donkeys, mules and horses in some of the world’s poorest communities


Getting to know each other…

Somehow we have managed to survive training horses through a very long wet winter with only soggy skin and minor chaffing! It is a tough game preparing event horses when they have been boxed up all winter. So it was a nice feeling to let them out of the start box at Aldon.


Before we get in into telling you all about Aldon I thought you might enjoy watching a short video of Graf Liberty who had an abscess in his lip a few weeks ago and couldn’t wear a bridle. We thought we would give the rope head collar a go and were amazed that the feel was almost identical – what a great horse he is.

Graf Liberty jumping in a rope head collar  –

It’s disappointing to say the least to have worked tirelessly all winter to have the horses ready for the season only to have the horses make you feel like a complete amateur by trotting sideways down the centre line at your first event. We were lulled into a false sense of security when the horses went so well at the Australian training camp two weeks earlier. I don’t know how, but somehow they can sense that it is an actual one day event and not just a combined training day. Plus the sun was out for the first time in a while and the grass was green so we can’t really blame them for being frisky. It sure makes me miss the Australian summer! Nothing like 40 degrees and 90% humidity to quieten your horse down.


   Dutchman on cross country


We had a great first day with the young horses. Dutchman, a nice young horse who joined the team at the end of last year, completed his first BE100 to finish on a score of 20.8 and Wild Duchess, who is proving to be a very consistent competitor finished on her dressage score for second place in the Novice. It was a shame to end her blue ribbon run, but you can’t have everything!


  TS Jamaimo showjumping at Aldon – 




   Graf Liberty puts in a great jump


Next it was the big guys turn. We took Graf Liberty, Tempranillo and TS Jamaimo for a run in the open intermediate. It was a mixed day. Tempranillo had her first ever rail with me and I am still in shock over this! But she was forgiven after a lovely dressage test and super cross country. Graf Liberty was fresh in the dressage but still managed to impress the judges and jumped the showjumping and cross country as he always does; effortlessly.



   TS Jamaimo was great both on the flat and show jumping



TS Jamaimo put in the most settled dressage test of the three and jumped a beautiful clear round in the showjumping. Unfortunately we took a tumble in the cross country after a slight ‘getting to know each other moment’. We were both fine and have no doubt both learnt a little bit more about each other.


Nothing like a bit of eventing to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground!

The Burton-Brooke Project

Chris Burton Eventing is teaming up with the wonderful international animal welfare organisation, The Brooke, and hosting an evening at the yard to help raise money for improving the lives of working horses, donkey’s and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.
The Brooke provides treatment, training and programmes around animal health and wellbeing, operating across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Brooke works directly and through partners to do whatever will most improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules through the alleviation of existing suffering and the development of equine welfare practices and facilities to prevent and reduce suffering in the future.
Their goal is to increase the number of animals they help to two million by 2016. This will also benefit more than eight million people who depend on these animals for their livelihood. 
The event will take place on the evening of 25th September. More details will be provided closer to the date. It will be a really fun evening with drinks, canapes, presentations and (weather permitting) a jumping demonstration from Chris.
We would love it if you could come along and support this wonderful cause.

For more information on the fantastic work done by the Brooke visit the website

Rawati Project in India

Rawati Project in India