Major General Jonathan Burton (2007)
In recognition of his leadership to promote and advance the sport of dressage in the U.S. Major General Jonathan Burton was one of the founders of the North American Young Riders' Championships and served as the first chairman of the USDF Advanced Young Rider Council for ten years. Major General Burton has had a profound influence on dressage judging in the U.S. over many decades as an FEI "I" judge, as well as a Technical Delegate and an FEI Chief Steward.
This diversified horseman was truly one of the founding fathers of U.S. dressage. Jack is perhaps best known for his seminal contributions to the young rider program. He was a member of the founding group of the North American Young Riders' Championships in the early 1980s. The foresight of this small group, that also included Hall of Fame members Jack Fritz, Andrew De Szinay, and Donald Thackeray, in promoting and prodding to establish the NAYRC, was unparalleled in its effect on the future of U.S. dressage. The roster of competitors from NAYRCs includes many former young riders who are competing or coaching successfully at the high performance level, such as Scott Hassler, Chris Hickey, Courtney King, and Kathleen Raine. Read more