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Christopher Bartle

Medal record
European Championships

Gold 1997 Burghley Team eventing

Christopher Bartle (born 19 February 1952) is a British equestrian who has had great success in both dressage and eventing.



Bartle was born on 19 February 1952 at Harrowgate in North Yorkshire in England. He is the brother of Jane Bartle-Wilson, who also is an Olympic equestrian.[1]

He first focused on dressage riding, and was a member of the British Dressage Team from 1981-1987. He remains the highest-placed British dressage rider to have competed in the Olympics, after he finished in 6th place on his horse Wily Trout.[citation needed] He competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles on the British team, coming in 8th in the Team Dressage event, and tied for 6th in the individual Dressage event.[1] Bartle then turned to eventing, in which he won the team gold medal at the 1997 European Championships with the British Event Team,{[cn}} before winning the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials in 1998, on his horse Word Perfect II.[2] He also travelled with Word Perfect to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, as reserve.

Bartle also was the dressage trainer for the British Event Team at the 1996 Games in Atlanta[3] and the 2000 Sydney Games.[2] Since 2001 he is together with Hans Melzer the National Trainer Eventing for Germany.[3]

He is the author of Training the Sport Horse, which he co-authored with Gilliam Newsum. The book was published by J. A. Allen in 2004.[4]



  • Highest placed British Dressage rider in the Olympic Games to date (6th, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics)
  • National Dressage Champion in 1984 and 1985
  • 4th place at the 1985 European Championships
  • 2nd place at the 1986 Nashua Dressage World Cup
  • Awarded the British Equestrian Federation's Medal of Honour in 1986.


  • 1991 Scottish Open Champion (Up River)
  • 3rd at 1996 Blenheim ***
  • 5th at 1996 Bramham ***
  • Completed 1997 Badminton ****
  • 1997 Scottish Open Champion (Word Perfect)
  • Team Gold Medal at the 1997 European Championships
  • 1st at the 1999 Achselschwang Horse Trials *** (Oscar)
  • 5th at the 2000 Burghley **** (Word Perfect)
  • Reserve for Sydney 2000 British Event Team (Word Perfect)


  • Was awarded the British Horse Society's Trainers Award in 1995
  • Dressage Trainer to British Event Team at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games
  • German National Trainer Eventing since 2001 (together with Hans Melzer)
  • Was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the British Horse Society in 2001


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Christopher Bartle" Sports-Reference
  2. 2.0 2.1 Murphy "Bartle finds right lines" The Independent
  3. 3.0 3.1 short biography of Chris Bartle, Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung (German Equestrian Federation)
  4. "Training the Sport Horse" Amazon.com



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