Chris Burton is undoubtedly one of Australia’s best riders and athletes of modern times, representing Australia at the 2010 and 2014 World Equestrian Games, the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he won a Bronze medal with the team on his striking young horse Santano II.
In 2016, Chris also won the prestigious Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Nobilis 18. At the 2013 Australian International 3 Day Event Chris got a last minute call to compete in the CCI4* competition on catch-ride TS Jamaimo. The pair ended up winning, which was an extraordinary achievement seeing as the duo only had days to form a partnership leading into the event.
For Chris, his love of horses all started on his family’s Darling Downs grain farm. Like so many Australian country kids, Chris and his brother Karl grew up with animals. Ponies and horses were an essential element of their childhood; barrel racing, campdrafting, jumping, riding bareback and mustering cattle were all part of their daily life. Young Chris soon developed a passion for jumping and with the thoroughbred Deo Juvante, he had the right horse to take him from young rider level right through to top-level eventing.
Chris moved to NSW and spent time as a working student with eventing rider Kevin McNab. His talent soon caught the eye of the Australian High Performance team who selected him for the squad. Over the following years he continued to train with some of the sport’s greats such as Prue and Craig Barrett, Heath Ryan, Wayne Roycroft, Marianne Lichtwark and George Sanna, and notch up wins at most major Australian competitions.
As an instructor, Chris is known to be very hands-on and not shy of getting on a horse to give the student a visual if they are struggling with an exercise. He is generous with his advice and determined to bring out the best in every student.
Chris moved to England in 2011 in preparation for the London Games and has been based there ever since. 2018 has begun well for Burton Eventing with wins at Saumur and Belton, and good performances in Kentucky and Wiesbaden.