Chris Burton (equestrian)

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Chris Burton
Chris Burton HP Leilani cross country London 2012.jpg
Chris Burton and HP Leilani competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Personal information
Full name Christopher Burton
Nickname(s) Burto
Nationality Australia
Born (1981-11-22) 22 November 1981 (age 32)
Toowoomba, Queensland
Height 180 centimetres (71 in) (2012)
Weight 70 kilograms (150 lb) (2012)
Country Australia
Sport Equestrian
Event(s) Eventing

Chris "Burto" Burton (born 22 November 1981) is an Australian equestrian. He has been selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian eventing.


Nicknamed Burto, Burton was born on 22 November 1981 in Toowoomba, Queensland.[1][2] He spent his childhood on a grain and cattle farm at Box Ridge, Brymaroo.[2] He attended Kulpi State School in Queensland before going to high school at Downlands College.[1][2] He moved to England to improve his chances of making the 2012 Summer Olympics.[1] As of June 2012, he lives in Dorset, England.[1] As of 2012, Burton is 180 centimetres (71 in) tall and weighs 70 kilograms (150 lb).[1]


Burton is an equestrian eventing competitor.[1] He is coached by Brett Parbery.[1] He has also been coached by Prue Barratt since 2010.[1] His primary training base is Dorset, United Kingdom with a secondary base in Wilberforce, Australia.[1] He was a member of Brymaroo Pony Club.[2] His first Australian national team appearance was in 2010 at the Equestrian Games in Kentucky.[1][2][3]

Burton finished 2nd at the 2011 FEI World Cup overall.[1][2] He finished 8th at the 2011 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4 held in Pau, France.[1][2] He finished 5th at the 2011 Gatcombe British Open Championships held in Gatcombe, Great Britain.[1] He finished 2nd and 3rd at the 2011 Le Pin au Haras Pin CIC3 held in Le Pin, France.[1] He finished 2nd at the 2011 Sydney CIC3 held in Sydney, Australia.[1] He finished 2nd at the 2011 Kihikihi CIC held in Kihikihi, New Zealand.[1] He finished 2nd at the 2012 Saumur CCI3 held in Saumur, France.[1]

Burton was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in equestrian eventing.[1][3][4] The 2012 Games were his debut Games,[3][4] after having attempted and failing to make the Games two times before.[2] He rode Holstein Park Leilani.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "London 2012 - Christopher Burton". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. 22 November 1981. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Phelps, Mark (25 Jun 2012). "Eventing's Olympic darling". North Queensland Register. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jenny Rudall. "Australian teams selected for Olympics". Horse and Country TV. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ a b c "Horses Australia's Olympic eventing team named". Weekly Times Now. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-09.