Chris Burton is an established elite rider, competing on the Australian, British and European Eventing and Showjumping circuits and is currently based in Dorset, UK. He finished the 2019 season as World Number 3.
WHERE IT STARTED
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 5**** and from here Chris has not looked back.
Chris has always had a keen interest in showjumping and has jumped at World Cup level in Australia. Watch this space as he switches focus to this discipline in 2022.
Chris has represented Australia at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 (Holstein Park Leilani), 2014 (TS Jamaimo) and 2018 (Cooley Lands) and at the Olympics in 2012 (Holstein Park Leinlani), 2016 (Santano II - Team Bronze) and had 6 horses qualified for the 2020 Olympics.
Chris's 5* wins include Adelaide in 2008 on Newsprint and again with TS Jamaimo in 2013 and a win at Burghley in 2016 with Nobilis 18.
Chris has won Aachen CICO twice and had numerous top ten placings there. He was won Saumur 4*L 4 times, twice been crowned the British Open Champion, is a back to back Event Rider Masters series winner, two time winner of the prestigious Blenheim 8/9yo title and has an enviable list of wins and placings at all levels. 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).