Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 5th May, 2019 #MMBHT

Christopher Burton

  • 102 - Graf Liberty


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.



Graf Liberty

ISH, Ireland, 2005
16.3hh , brown , gelding

Sire Limmerick

Dam Lisheen Star (Cavalier Royale)

Breeder Mr Brian Livingstone

Owner(s): Graf Liberty Syndicate, Godalming, Surrey
& Rider


TS Jamaimo

TB, Australia, 1999
16.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Urgent Request

Dam Mazyooneh (Bustino )

Breeder Mr Unknown Unknown

Owner(s): TS Jamaimo Syndicate, Godalming, Surrey

Notable Results


2016 – Pau CCI4* 11th TS Jamaimo

2016 – Le Lions CH-M-YH-CCI1* 1st Fire Fly

2016 – Blenheim CIC3* 14th Graf Liberty

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Nobilis 18

2016 – Rio OG – 5th Santano II (team bronze)

2016 – Aachen CICO3* 5th Nobilis 18

2016 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Santano II

2016 – Chatsworth CIC3* 6th TS Jamaimo

2016 – Belton CIC3* 1st Nobilis, 14th Santano II

2016 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 13th Haruzac, 22nd Nobilis 18

2015 – Blenheim CCI3* 2nd Nobilis

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 3rd TS Jamaimo, 4th Haruzac

2015 – Gatcombe CIC3* 1st TS Jamaimo

2015 – Cappoquin CCI2* 1st Santano II, 2nd Cooley Lands

2015 – Cappoquin CIC3* 1st Nobilis 18

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 4th Graf Liberty

2015 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 5th TS Jamaimo

2014 – Le Lions D’Angers CH-M-YH-CCI1* 2nd Dutch Man Retto

2014 – WEG Caen WD XC TS Jamaimo

2014 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Graf Liberty

2014 – Hartpury CIC1* 1st Santano II

2014 – Barbury Castle CIC2* 1 Nobilis 18

2013 – Adelaide CCI4* 1st TS Jamaimo

2013 – Pau CCI4* 22nd Tempranillo

2013 – Blenheim CIC3* 2nd Graf Liberty

2013 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Tempranillo

2013 – Aachen CICO3* 1st Holstein Park Leilani

2012 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Kinnordy Rivaldo

2012 – London OG 16th Holstein Park Leilani

2012 – Aachen CICO3* 1st Underdiscussion, 10th Haruzac

2012 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Haruzac, 2nd HP Leilani

2011 – Pau CCI4* 8th HP Leilani

2011 – Boekelo CCI3* 19th Haruzac

2011 – Burghley CCI4* EL HP Leilani

2011 – Albury NSW CIC3*1st Underdiscussion

2010 – Lexington WEG 48th Holstein Park Leilani

2010 – Sydney NSW CIC3*W 1st Holstein Park Leilani

2008 – Adelaide CCI4* 1st Newsprint

2008 – Scone NSW CIC3* 1st Newsprint

2006 – Camden NSW CIC3*1st Unrepentant



2016 – Badminton CCI4* EL Nobilis

2015 – Badminton CCI4* 27th TS Jamaimo

2014 – Badminton 16th TS Jamaimo