Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Christopher Burton

  • 102 - Nobilis 18


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.


Nobilis 18

Hannovarian, Germany, 2005
17.0hh, bay, gelding

Sire Nobre xx

Dam Lilli (Lemon xx)

Owner(s): Sue Lawson, Godalming, Surrey
Carolyn Townsend, Cranleigh, Surrey

Notable Results


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 – Strzegom CICO3* 5th Haruzac

2015 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 4th Graf Liberty

2015 – Badminton CCI4* 27th TS Jamaimo

2015 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 5th TS Jamaimo

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

2014 – Boekelo CCI3* 15th Haruzac

2014 – WEG Caen WD XC TS Jamaimo

2014 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st Graf Liberty

2014 – Hartpury CIC1* 1st Santano II

2014 – Gatcombe CIC3* 22nd TS Jamaimo

2014 – Barbury Castle CIC2* 1 Nobilis 18

2014 – Saumur CCI3* 5th Graf Liberty

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 – Pau CCI2* 1st Graf Liberty

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


2015 – 27th TS Jamaimo

2014 – Badminton 16th TS Jamaimo

2013 – 10th Holstein Park Leilani

2004 – EL XC Woodmount Spry