Christopher Burton

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Christopher Burton

  • 102 - Graf Liberty


It will be a sixth visit to Badminton for British-based Australian rider Christopher Burton (37) who was 18th on his last visit here in 2017 with Graf Liberty – one of two entries this year. He has four completions under his belt. Christopher who is based near Godalming in Surrey is the British Open Champion – having won the title at Gatcombe last August (Polystar I) his second Open Championship title. Last year with Badminton entry Graf Liberty, Christopher won the final leg of the ERM CIC3* series at Blair, taking the overall series title. He was a member of the Australian team for the 2018 WEG (Cooley Lands – with who he won the 2017 CIC3* at Blenheim) and was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the Rio Olympic Games (Santano II) his second Olympic appearance – where he was 5th individual. He is currently 24th in the FEI World rider rankings (08/04/19).

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 and the following year (2011) relocated to the UK. In 2012 he was a member of the sixth placed Australian team at the London Olympic Games where he was sixteenth (Holstein Park Leilani) and in 2014 a member of the Australian team for the WEG in France. He has won the the Hartpury CIC3* on three consecutive occasions (2012, ’13 & ’14) and in 2015 claimed a then new World Record for the lowest, finishing score at a three day event with Santano II in the CCI2* in Camphire, finishing on a dressage score of 24.5. 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. In 2016 he was the winner of Burghley (Nobilis) – his third four-star win. 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) and the couple has two sons; Harry (2) and Jack (three months).

Cooley Lands owned by Kate Walls, is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by Peter Rice he is by Cavalier Land (a son of Cavalier Royale) out of a mare by Clover Hill. He was acquired as a four-year-old from Ireland by owner Kate Walls who has produced the horse and done much of the work with him as well as continuing to compete him. In 2017, with Christopher, he won the 8/9-year-old CIC3* at Blenheim and was his ride for the 2018 WEG.

Graf Liberty, owned by the Graf Liberty syndicate, is a 14-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 to Pau instead and won the CIC2*. He was fourth in his first CCI4* at Luhmuhlen in 2015.




Graf Liberty

ISH, Ireland, 2005
16.3hh , brown , gelding

Sire Limerick

Dam Lisheen Star (Cavalier Royale)

Breeder Brian Livingstone

Owner(s): The Graf Liberty Syndicate, c/o Beaminster, Dorset


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

2018 – Tryon WEG 36th Cooley Lands

2018 – Blair Castle CIC3* ERM 1st Graf Libery

2018 – Gatcombe CIC3* 1st Polystar I

2018 – Aachen CSIO5* relay 5th Cooley Lands

2018 – Jardy CIC3* ERM 6th Cooley Lands

2018 – Arville CIC3* ERM 1st Polystar I

2018 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Quality Purdey

2018 – Lexington CCI4* 9th Nobilis

2017 – Boekelo CCIO3* 8th Cooley Lands

2017 – Blenheim CIC3*8/9 1st Cooley Lands

2016 – Pau CCI4* 11th TS Jamaimo

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

2016 – Burghley CCI4* 1st Nobilis 18

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

2016 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Santano II

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

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

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

2015 – Gatcombe CIC3* 1st TS Jamaimo

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 4th Graf Liberty

2014 – WEG Caen WD XC TS Jamaimo

2014 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Graf Liberty

2014 – Hartpury CIC1* 1st Santano II

2013 – Adelaide CCI4* 1st TS Jamaimo

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

2011 – Pau CCI4* 8th HP Leilani

2011 – Burghley CCI4* EL HP Leilani

2010 – Lexington WEG 48th Holstein Park Leilani

2008 – Adelaide CCI4* 1st Newsprint


2017 – 18th Graf Liberty

2016 – Badminton CCI4* EL Nobilis

2015 – Badminton CCI4* 27th TS Jamaimo

2014 – Badminton 16th TS Jamaimo

2013 – Holstein Park Leilani