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BURTON Christopher
Sport Dressage, Eventing, Jumping
NOC Australia   
GenderMale
Born22 Nov 1981 in Toowoomba, AUS
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence England
General Interest
Hobbies Skiing, water skiing, golf, playing the guitar. (badminton-horse.co.uk, 14 Apr 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? His mother enjoyed riding, and Burton was always dragging things around the paddock to make jumps as a child. "My brother was off herding the cattle and I was looking for logs to jump. I think watching Australia win team gold at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games was when I knew I wanted to ride."
General Interest
Awards and honours He was named New South Wales Eventing Rider of the Year on four occasions between 2005 and 2010. He also won the 2005 Australian Eventer Rider of the Year award. (chrisburtoneventing.com, 18 Sep 2017)

He won the 2008 Anna Savage Medal, which is presented to Australia's best and fairest event rider [co-recipient with Megan Jones]. (equestrian.org.au, 02 Nov 2011)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age three on his parents' farm in Dalby, QLD, Australia.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
General Interest
Nicknames Chris, Burto (Facebook page, 10 Dec 2020; Athlete, 04 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up on your dreams and never forget to pack clean underwear." (Athlete, 04 Jul 2012)
Other information SWITCHING DISCIPLINES
In early 2022 he announced that he would be switching to compete in equestrian jumping with a view to representing Australia in the sport at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "I have always loved showjumping and it has always been a passion of mine. Having a team of jumping horses and a team of eventing horses like I had is tough. I was finding I was enjoying the jumping more than the eventing. Temporarily stepping back from eventing has been a really tough decision, especially when you think that eventing has been at the core of my life since I was a boy. When we spoke to our owners, and family and sponsors, we were overwhelmed by the strength of support that we were shown. I have had a fantastic career so far and a plethora of happy memories. I have no doubt one day that I will come back to eventing as it is a big part of who I am. But for now, I am excited to sink my teeth into this next chapter." (eqlifemag.com.au, 01 Jul 2022; Insights Magazine, 01 Feb 2022)

FROM AUSTRALIA TO ENGLAND
He relocated from Australia to England in early 2011 to improve his chances of selection for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He is based at Chedington Equestrian near Beaminster in Dorset, England, and runs the Chris Burton Academy. "I moved to England in 2011 with six really nice horses. All my owners in Australia supported my move here and helped me to get set up here. People forget that Australia really dominated the sport of eventing in the 1990s and into 2000 and it hasn't really gone anywhere. But it is fair to say, if you ask me, England is the best place to be based as an event rider and is the hub of eventing. For me, being based here, I can compete more horses and get to more major competitions. There is no doubt in my mind that one day we will move home to Australia. I'm not sure when that will be, but it's the greatest country on earth and we miss it very much. I'm really lucky. Bec, my wife, is Australian and she, like me, would be happy to move back to Australia one day – but in the meantime, we've got bigger fish to fry. We're well set up in the UK, so we'll keep going." (eqlifemag.com.au, 01 Jul 2022; chedington.co.uk, 18 Jun 2021; horsemagazine.com, 12 Jun 2021; eqlifemag.com.au, 01 Oct 2020; broadwindsor.org, 21 Jun 2020; burtonequestrian.com, 31 Dec 2019; equestrian.org.au, 02 Nov 2011)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has been a mentor for Equestrian Australia's High Performance Eventing Generation NEXT Squad riders. (equestrian.org.au, 07 Jan 2021; eqlifemag.com.au, 01 Oct 2020)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 04 Jul 2012)
Last Update
  29 Jun 2022
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Chedington Equestrian: Beaminster, ENG
General Interest
Famous relatives His wife Rebekah Thompson has competed in eventing at an elite level. (chrisburtoneventing.com, 18 Sep 2017; horsetalk.co.nz, 06 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the team competition at the 2016 Nations Cup event in Aachen, Germany. (Insights Magazine, 01 Feb 2022)
Other sports He competed in equestrian jumping at the 2008 World Cup event in Sale, VIC, Australia. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jul 2020)
Most influential person in career His mother, and coach Nelson Pessoa. (racingqueensland.com.au, 19 May 2022; Insights Magazine, 01 Feb 2022)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI 16 6
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI 48  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Adelaide SA (AUS) TS JAMAIMO 1  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI 10  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) TEMPRANILLO 22  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) UNDERDISCUSSION RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI 8  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) NEWSPRINT WD  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI EL  
2010 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) NEWSPRINT 2  
2009 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI EL  
2008 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) NEWSPRINT 1  
2006 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) BALMORAL KS ROSCOE 4  
2005 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) LEEDO 14  
2005 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) DEO JUVANTE 18  
2003 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) DEO JUVANTE 17  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   NOBILIS 18 1  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   NOBILIS 18 1  
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   WILD DUCHESSE 2  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   TEMPRANILLO EL  
22.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI3* Saumur (FRA)   GRAF LIBERTY 5  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   TS JAMAIMO 16  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   TS JAMAIMO 5  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   TEMPRANILLO 8  
04.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Belton (GBR)   GRAF LIBERTY 19  
14.11.2013 to 17.11.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Adelaide SA (AUS)   TS JAMAIMO 1  
23.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA)   TEMPRANILLO 22  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   GRAF LIBERTY WD 10
28.09.2013 to 29.09.2013 CIC1* Ardingly (GBR)   NOBILIS 18 1  
28.09.2013 to 29.09.2013 CIC1* Ardingly (GBR)   DANCING HERO 24  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   GRAF LIBERTY 2  
15.08.2013 to 18.08.2013 CCI2* Le Pin au Haras (FRA)   GRAF LIBERTY 4  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   TEMPRANILLO 1  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CCI1* Hartpury (GBR)   FENNES TED 11  
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CCI1* Hartpury (GBR)   BUDLE BEACH 41  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   GRAF LIBERTY 26  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   TEMPRANILLO 4  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   GRAF LIBERTY 5  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CICO3* Aachen (GER)   HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI 1 4
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI 10  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   HOLSTEIN PARK LEILANI   6
03.07.2012 to 08.07.2012 CICO3*-NC Aachen (GER)   HARUZAC   7
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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