Christopher Burton wins Adelaide Horse Trials on catch ride

  • Australian event rider Christopher Burton — who is based in Surrey — has won the final 4-star of the year in Adelaide, Australia on a catch-ride TS Jamaimo.

    Stephanie Pearce’s TS Jamaimo, who was competing in his first 4-star, was meant to ridden by Will Enzinger. But when Will broke his leg falling off a novice horse Christopher stepped in.

    Christopher managed to complete on his dressage score of 49.70 to take the honours.

    “The real glory belongs to Will Enzinger and his team for preparing the horse,” Christopher said.

    “Will has been on the phone to me every day; all I had to do was get on.

    “But I have to admit to sitting in my tack room on the morning of cross-country day thinking why was I doing this, but I love Adelaide.”

    Will unfortunately had to spend Saturday’s cross-country day in surgery having his leg operated.

    The leader board was an all-Australian affair with nationals taking all top 10 places.

    Last year’s winners Craig Barrett and Sandhills Brillaire, had the last fence down, dropping them to 3rd and robbing them of back-to-back victories.

    Beijing team silver medallist Sonja Johnson on Belfast Mojito finished 2nd.

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