Major General Jonathan R. Burton
Maj. Gen. Jonathan (Jack) Burton, always a horse lover, began his equestrian career galloping racehorses as a young boy. He enrolled in the ROTC-Horse Cavalry Division while a student at Michigan State University. Upon graduation, he headed to Fort Riley, Kansas, and headquarters of the U.S. Cavalry School. Enrolling as a second lieutenant in the Ninth Basic Horsemanship Class he studied weapons administration, riding, shoeing, veterinary procedures, conditioning, marching (horses), planning maneuvers, pathfinding, night compass courses, and stable management. When the U.S. entered WWII, Jack and his regiment were shipped to Australia to prepare to fight as infantry under General MacArthur and from there he was shipped to New Guinea.
At the close of the war Jack headed back to Fort Riley to teach Advanced Horsemanship. For the 1948 London Olympic Games, Jack was selected for both the show jumping and three-day teams, but eventually competed on the show jumping team. However, at the 1956 Stockholm Olympic Games he competed for the U.S.E.T. on the Three-Day Event team. In 1953, Jack helped organize the first continuous horse trials in the U.S. along with Miss Margaret Lindsley Warden and William Haggard. He also had the honor of writing the first rulebook for combined training.
Since that time, Jack has served a ten-year term as executive vice-president of the USET (1975-1985), a three-year term as USCTA president and recently retired as an FEI judge and Technical Delegate in three disciplines. He still holds his FEI Steward's license and AHSA Judge's license. A lifetime's commitment not only to eventing but to other equestrian disciplines as well, has resulted in a sport that is strong and viable and infinitely better because of Jack's guardianship.
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