Australian event rider Christopher Burton has paid tribute to the horse who took him to his first four star win, who has died at the age of 20.
Newsprint, a Thoroughbred by Rubiton out of Dream of Kingston, lost his life to liver disease.
Previously ridden by Christine Bates at one star level, Burton took the ride on the 16.2hh gelding in 2003. The highlight of their competitive career was winning the four star at the Australian International Three Day Event in 2008 – where they also took second place in 2010 – as well as winning numerous three star competitions in Australia, before Chris re-located to Britain in 2011. He bought the horse with him, coming second in the World Cup Qualifier at Le Pin au Haras and fifth in the British Open at The Festival of British Eventing the same year. Throughout his eventing career the horse amassed 717 points.
Since retiring from top level competition, “Barry” had been enjoying his retirement participating in eventing at lower levels with Gary Storer. Their last British Eventing outing was at Smiths Lawn in 2014 in a BE100 class.
Announcing the news on his Facebook page Chris said: “Yesterday we said goodbye to our dear old friend Newsprint. He will always be the most incredible cross country horse I have ever sat on. He is a very special horse to me.”