Chris moved to NSW and spent time as a working student with eventing rider Kevin McNab. His talent soon caught the eye of the Australian High Performance team who selected him for the squad. Over the following years he would continue to train with some of the sport’s greats such as Prue and Craig Barrett, Heath Ryan, Wayne Roycroft, Marianne Lichtwark and George Sanna, and notch up wins at most major Australian competitions.
Burto, as the ultra-cool 36-year-old is often referred to, is regarded as one of the most stylish looking event riders, so it is no surprise that he is quite fussy about rider position in his clinics. After all, the legendary George Morris uses Burton as a model example of the rider’s seat over a jump. Jumping his horses often and regularly plays a big part in his preparation at home. Chris says, “I feel it’s a bigger aspect of our sport, it’s 60 per cent of it.”
As an instructor, Chris is known to be very hands-on and not shy of getting on a horse to give the student a visual if they are struggling with an exercise. He is generous with his advice and determined to bring out the best in every student.
Chris moved to England in 2011 in preparation for the London Games and has been based there ever since. He and partner Rebekah Thompson run an eventing stable in Dunsfold, Surrey. Last year the pair welcomed their son Harry into the world, which briefly took the focus slightly away from the sport. But 2018 has begun well for Burton Eventing with wins at Saumur and Belton, and good performances in Kentucky and Wiesbaden.
A rider of Chris’s calibre and talent, who has competed successfully in some of the most prestigious events around the world, is well worth listening to, as I’m sure anyone who will attend his Masterclass and Education Sessions in November will agree.
Aqualuma Grand Pavilion
Saturday 9:30am - 11:30pm - Eventing Masterclass with Christopher Burton