British-based Australian rider Christopher Burton (35) who is based near Godalming in Surry, is currently third in the FEI World rider rankings (April 15). He was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the Rio Olympic Games – his second Olympic appearance – where he was 5th individual. While he was eliminated at Badminton last year with Nobilis the pair then went on to win Burghley (Nobilis).
In 2014 he was a member of the Australian team for the WEG in France, and was a member of the sixth placed Australian team at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he was sixteenth (Holstein Park Leilani). In 2013 with catch ride TS Jamaimo, he won the 2013 Adelaide CCI4* when his original rider, Will Enzinger, broke his leg just a week before the event. TS Jamaimo was subsequenlty purchased for Christopher in February 2014.
Christopher has won the the Hartpury CIC3* on three consecutive occasions (2012, ’13 & ’14) and in 2015 claimed a new World Record for the lowest, ever finishing score at a three day event with Santano II in the CCI2* in Camphire, finishing on a dressage score of 24.5.
Christopher was born in Toowoomba AKA the ‘garden city’ in Queensland. He rode as a child and was inspired to take up eventing when Australia won team gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Having trained with Australian eventing legend Wayne Roycroft he was awarded the New South Wales (NSW) eventing ‘Rider of the Year’ award in 2005, ‘07’ ’08 and 2010. In 2010 he was also awarded the Anna Savage medal for Australian ‘Best and Fairest’ rider. In 2008 he won the Adelaide CCI4* with Newsprint and in 2010 represented Australia for the first time at the WEG in Kentucky with Holstein Park Leilani.
In 2011 Christopher (known as Burto) relocated to the UK. He trains with Gilbert Boekmann and international British dressage rider Gareth Hughes. Outside of eventing he enjoys skiing both water and snow, golf and playing the guitar. His brother Karl is a professional horseman in cutting and campdrafting in Australia.
Christopher is married to Rebekah (nee Thompson) who is expecting their first child.
Graf Liberty, owned by the Graf Liberty syndicate, is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse. Bred by Brian Livingstone he is by the Irish-based Holstein Limmerick (also the sire of four-star horses Shannodale Titan, Loughan Glen , Magennis and Longwood) out of Lisheen Star by the famous Cavalier Royale. He was produced by Owen Moore and acquired by the syndicate as a seven-year-old. He won the CCI1* at Tattersalls and was then aimed at the World Young Horse Championships which were rained off. The pair travelled down to Pau instead and won the CIC2*. He was fourth in first CCI4* at Luhmuhlen in 2015.
TS Jamaimo owned by the TS Jamaimo Syndicate, is an 18-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding. Bred for the track, but deemed too slow, he is by Urgent Request who latterly stood in Scotland at Summerhill Stud. Jamaimo is out of the mare Mazyooneh, by the great Bustino and also the dam of Shane Luck’s 2008 Olympic ride All Luck (by Bao Luck). Jamaimo was bought unraced out of training by Amanda Ross and then bought and competed to two-star by Young rider Stephanie Pearce and then Will Enzinger with who he won two CIC3*. Winner Adelaide 2013 as a catch ride for Christopher and in 2015 the pair won the British Open at Gatcombe and was third at Burghley.
16.3hh , brown , gelding
Dam Lisheen Star (Cavalier Royale)
Breeder Mr Brian Livingstone
Graf Liberty Syndicate, Godalming, Surrey
16.1hh , bay , gelding
Sire Urgent Request
Dam Mazyooneh (Bustino )
Breeder Mr Unknown Unknown
Owner(s): TS Jamaimo Syndicate, Godalming, Surrey