A familiar face at dressage shows as judge or technical delegate, Maj. Gen Jonathan (Jack) Burton was honored at the USCTA Convention as a Hall of Fame inductee.
Maj. Gen Jonathan (Jack) Burton bridged the cavalry and civilian eras of American eventing, competing for the army in the 1948 Olympic Games and for the fledgling U.S. Equestrian Team in the 1956 Games, as well. A former
president of the U.S. Combined Training Association who was an international judge, Jack is still active in the world of horse sports and has earned living legend status.
Riding horses captured from the Germans, Americans did well in post-war shows. The cavalry officers last appeared in the 1948 Olympics, the military's swan song for the Games, where Jack was on the show jumping team. Military duties meant he could not compete with the first civilian equestrian squad in the 1952 Olympics, but he was on the three-day team for
the USET in 1956. He went on to organize horse trials and write the first rulebook for combined training. He still holds his AHSA judge's license and his FEI steward's license.
Coverage of the USCTA Convention by Nancy Jaffer