Australian Chris ‘Burto’ Burton has been dazzling spectators this weekend at Camphire International Horse Trials, setting what is thought to be a world record for the best CCI2* dressage score, and holding four top positions in the Castleacre Insurance Brokers CCI2* and Camphire’s feature class, the Gain/Alltech CIC 3*.
Burton impressed judges Yvonne Monaghan (Ireland) and Prudence Spurrett (Australia) in the CCI2*, earning a world record score of 24.5 on Santano II, and he also lies second in the Castleacre Insurance Brokers CCI2* on Irish-bred Cooley Lands.
True to current brilliant form, Burton is also leading Campire’s Gain/Alltech CIC 3* overnight on a score of 39.1 on Nobilis 18, and holds fourth position on TS Jamaimo.
Burton represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympics, and is currently ranked 30th in the world.
Not far behind Burton and Nobilis 18 in the CIC3* Irishman Austin O’Connor stands on his dressage score of 42.2, while Irish rider Sarah Ennis holds the third-place slot on Irish-bred BLM Diamon Delix.
Last year the CIC3* was won by Irishman Sam Watson, who went on to represent Ireland in the Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
Camphire runs seven international classes on the spectacular undulating parkland of Camphire House and the Browne family farm on the Blackwater River in County Waterford.
In keeping with Camphire’s commitment to be a top-notch trial and development venue, one of the aims of the feature CIC3* is to give horses and riders a positive experience in the lead up to championships and autumn three-day events, and Mike Etherington-Smith’s course has been designed with this very much in mind.
“Mike Etherington-Smith has designed another fantastic course that asks riders and horses some questions, but provides every opportunity for success,” said Event Director Paul Brady.
“Most importantly we want all horses and riders to benefit from their ride and to come home feeling good and confident and ready for the autumn.”