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Chris Burton aiming for Paris Olympics with Ben Hobday’s Shadow Man


  • Australia’s Chris Burton has taken on the experience of Ben Hobday’s Shadow Man, as he campaigns horses for Paris 2024 choice in each eventing and showjumping.

    Ben has produced 14-year-old Shadow Man, who’s co-owned with Jane Chambers, up the degrees by to five-star. In 2017 the pair had been topped British novice champions on the Magic Hundreds of thousands Competition of British Eventing, and went on to complete tenth within the seven-year-old World Championship at Le Lion. In 2019 they loved 4 top-five placings at four-star degree, and had been named British open champions.



    Shadow Man will be a part of Chris, who was on the workforce that received eventing bronze on the Rio Olympics, for six months – with Paris choice the goal.

    Ben, who has lately arrange a brand new base in Lincolnshire, informed H&H when he was approached about Shadow Man “it wasn’t actually on the radar initially”.

    “However then we had an excellent give it some thought, and thought what had been the lifelike possibilities of me doing Paris this yr. And Shadow Man was off final yr [following an injury in 2022]  so it goes in opposition to you from a range standpoint typically, particularly for Nice Britain with such a robust discipline of proficient riders and horses,” he stated.

    “We had an extra give it some thought and we got here to the answer that Chris may borrow Shadow Man for six months and goal for the Olympics.”

    Ben stated it was a “robust determination”.

    “I’ve had the horse since he was a two-year-old, and though that is all very thrilling, he hasn’t left my sight for practically 12 years. It’s an excellent factor total, we’ve had nice outcomes with him, and once they approached us a little bit of a light-weight bulb got here on and it means Shadow Man nonetheless has a chance to shine. It might be egocentric of me to not let him fulfil that potential,” he stated.

    “Chris has been very keen on the horse for a very long time, he rides very effectively and I definitely wouldn’t have agreed if it was a distinct rider. Chris has evented and jumped at a really excessive degree, and his model of using may be very correct and environment friendly so I used to be happy from that standpoint; he would do him justice.”

    Chris and Shadow Synthetic their debut collectively at Montelibretti, Italy, on 3 March, the place they’d a double leaping clear within the CCI3*-S, with some cross-country time-penalties.

    “It’s simple for me to say he’s the perfect horse on this planet, for my part, and though Chris admired the horse, it’s not till he sat on him and took him by a contest he realised how good he’s. It’s good as a horse producer and horseman for another person to recognise what I already knew was there. That’s what I need to attempt to get out of this yr; if Shadow Man does what I feel he can do, then I do know my judgement is appropriate,” stated Ben.

    “It’s an thrilling yr for the horse, and a brand new a part of his journey, and I hope it brings Chris all of the success on this planet. He can come again house then and we are able to proceed on our journey and partnership, and subsequent yr for me may very well be some huge issues for Crew GB if issues go to plan.”

    Ben, who this yr can be concentrating on some “thrilling” youthful horses in eventing and showjumping, stated it’s Shadow Man’s “self-belief” that makes him so particular.

    “When the strain is on and issues get huge, some horses shrink however he grows. When individuals are clapping he is aware of it’s for him and never for anybody else,” he stated.

    “He’s acquired that inside confidence, coupled along with his expertise, that makes him trainable, rideable, and makes the work enjoyable and really simple. I stated it from day one, I knew he’d be a famous person.”

    Chris stated he’s “actually excited” to have this chance.

    “I’ve all the time admired Shadow Man and I’m loving attending to know him; I’ve liked each experience I’ve had on him to this point, he’s a unprecedented horse.

    “Now we have an intense few months forward of us however it is going to be made that bit simpler by having such a stunning horse that has been so effectively produced by Ben as much as this degree. We’re all actually excited concerning the highway forward, as steep as it could be.”

    The occasion was Chris’s first since 2021, having been specializing in showjumping in the previous couple of years. Final summer season he helped Australia safe a Paris showjumping place when he and 12-year-old mare Chedington Hazy Toulana had been a part of the profitable workforce within the group qualifier at Valkenswaard, the Netherlands.

    Chris will goal for Olympic choice in each disciplines, with Chedington Hazy Toulana already certified for the Paris showjumping. He additionally hopes to have a second horse certified for the showjumping, 10-year-old gelding Jacksonville Eurohill.

    “Competing in two disciplines concurrently presents a novel problem, however I’m absolutely dedicated to the trigger,” stated Chris.

    “I’m so lucky to have the help of the Man household at Chedington Equestrian who’ve proven unwavering help and enthusiasm for our formidable pursuit.”

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