British-based Australian Olympic rider Christopher Burton (34) is the reigning British Open Champion and currently ranked #2 in the FEI World rider ranking – he was #4 in the 2015 BE end of year rider ranking.
Last year with Badminton entry Haruzac he was fourth at Burghley and with Nobilis 18 was second in the three-star at Blenheim.
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. He 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 in the CCI** 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 CCI 4* with Newsprint and in 2010 represented Australia for the first time at the WEG in Kentucky with Holstein Park Leilani. He relocated to the UK in 2011.Christopher (known as Burto), who is based near Godalming in Surrey, trains with Gilbert Boekmann and international British dressage rider Gareth Hughes. Outside of eventing he enjoys skiing both water and snow and playing the guitar. His brother Karl is a professional horseman in cutting and campdrafting in Australia.Christopher is married to Rebekah (nee Thompson)
Nobilis 18, owned by Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend and Christopher Burton, is an 11-year-old German-bred Hanoverian. He is by the thoroughbred Nobre (sire of the German two-star horse Rough Diamond) who is a grandson of Green Dancer out of a mare by the thoroughbred Lemon (sire of former international horses Little Lemon and Lady Lemon).
Nobilis was once ridden at one-star by Michael Jung and the ride was acquired for Christopher mid-2013. Badminton will the first four-star for Nobilis who has won three of his seven international starts and was second at Blenheim (CCI3*) last year.
Haruzac, owned by his Australian breeder Alan Skinner, is a 14-year-old Australian thoroughbred off the track. He is by Gwaihir Zodiac out of a mare by Salieri and had two unplaced starts. Christopher did pre training work with Haruzac before raced. He contested his first one-star in 2009 and has since won 6 of his 15 interntational starts and has won one, two and three star three day events – he was the winner of Saumur in 2012 and last year, 2015, was fourth at Burghley.
17.0hh, bay, gelding
Sire Nobre xx
Dam Lilli (Lemon xx)
Sue Lawson, Godalming, Surrey
Carolyn Townsend, Cranleigh, Surrey