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An exciting couple running an exciting business.

Karl & Felicity Burton's Story

Karl & Felicity Burton's Performance Horse establishment, Diamond K Performance Horses is located at ‘Tarko’, Jondaryan, - a small town situated in between Toowoomba and Dalby, Qld, Australia.

Amaroo Oaks Playboy Dry WorkDiamond K Performance Horses focuses on breeding, showing and selling quality horses. Karl and Felicity school and show their performance horses for Challenge Events and Campdrafting with a solid cutting-based foundation – a sought after asset to the competitive Cow Horse. They also offer private lessons as well as run clinics and schools.

[Photo: Amaroo Oaks Playboy Dry Work, Rocky Rush 2013.]

Karl started out his career working for a number of trainers both in Australia and overseas. He has worked for Todd Graham, Corey Holden and further abroad - Darren Simpkins of Simpkins Cutting horses in the USA. Karl has been involved with horses from a very early age. Starting out with Pony Club and Eventing as a child, moving eventually to Campdrafting and Challenges in the years to come. He has developed his business from a training establishment to a breeding, selling and intense competition based enterprise.

Karl Burton & Bobadil Acres Dior, Paradise Lagoons.Karl's successes include winning the Stanbroke Stockman’s Challenge at Cloncurry, Rocky Rush Under 5 Challenge, 2nd Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge, winning the Paradise Lagoons Novice Draft (twice), the Canning Downs Cut out winner, Condamine Bell Novice winner and Gold City Open Draft winner.

[Photo by Wild Fillies Photography.  Karl Burton & Bobadil Acres Dior, Paradise Lagoons.]

Felicity predominantly showed Western Pleasure mounts for about ten years of Youth which took her to the USA on three separate occasions for World Show competition and Leadership Engagements. Felicity has broadened her horizons over the past ten years competing in Cutting, Campdrafting and Challenge events.

Felicity BurtonFelicity’s successes include Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge finalist, Warwick Gold Cup finalist, Warwick Ladies Silver Cup finalist, Paradise Lagoons Stockman's Challenge 2nd place, multiple wins in Ladies, Maiden & Novice drafts, most recently the winner of the Landmark Classic Performance Horse Challenge in 2015.

Together, this couple have an exciting business with their performance horses and are very proud and excited about their up and coming youngstock.

[Photo: Felicity Burton & Oaks Playboy.  Horse of the North, 2015.]

Why you should join Team Burto

Diamond K Performance Horses have established a broodmare base with bloodlines including Admiral Oak, Light of Rey, Abdul, Tassa Lena, Pepto Stylish Oak, Playboy Roy, RS Chisum and Acres Destiny.

Tassas Little King & Felicity BurtonTheir breeding program has been building a solid reputation and this is being proven in the sales rings. Sale results have included a sale topper at the Toomba Horse Sale with a home bred gelding – Tassas Little King – recording the top price gelding at $16,000 in 2013.

[Photo JEM Photography.  Tassas Little King & Felicity Burton.]

Their Sale horse average is over $10,000 while a very successful Landmark sale at Tamworth in 2015 saw Karl and Felicity record an average of $17,600. Their three horses sold for $10,000, $18,000 and $25,000 setting a benchmark for them to  work from for the next sale in December at the Dalby ASHS Sale.

Become a part of their team by purchasing a specialised Diamond K Performance Horse or have Karl or Felicity campaign your special equine to increase your horse’s profile and performance record.

Karl's successes
Karl - Reserve Champion, ACA Rookie Horse of they Year.
Karl & Lectric Kellie, Paradise Lagoons 2016


Landmark Classic

2016 Warwick 

  • Canning Downs Rd 1:  Moore Spoonful 89
    Elsola Rey 85  |  Lectric Kellie 90 [View Video]
  • Gold Cup Rd 1: Lectric Kellie 90 [View Video]  Elsola Rey 87
  • Gold Cup Final: Lectric Kellie 176  |  Finished 20th after a tough final

2016 Paradise Lagoons

  • Australian Open - 12th - Lectric Kellie
  • Futurity - 8th - Pink

2016 ACA

  • Open Rider of the Year - 5th
  • ACA National Finals
    - Lectric Kellie - Reserve Champion ACA Rookie Horse of the Year & winner of Rd1 Rookie Competition at the finals.
    - Shortys Pistolena - = 8th in the Novice

[Photo: Lectric Kellie receiving ribbon for winning Rd1, Rookie Competiition.  Pictured with her owners Bob & Carolyn McKittrick and sponsors Mac and Gayle Shann.]

Karl Burton & Chic
Karl Burton & Serenade RoseKarl Burton & Bobadil Acres Dior
Karl Burton & Sweetie


  • Dalby Ashs Sale, 5 & under incentive draft - 1st
    Winners Shootout -1st on Sweet Dash to Destiny aka 'Sweetie'.
  • Cooyar Campdraft
    • Diamond K Performance Horses Futurity -1st on Mat and Bec Warners Binnia Quartz.
    • 4th and 5th in the three round Open on Oaks Penny and Bob McKittricks Lectric Kellie.
  • Dirranbandi Campdraft
    • Restricted Open - 3rd on Serenade Rose
    • Novice A - 2nd on Chic
    • Novice B - 3rd on Dior
    • Maiden - 5th & 6th on Bill Little's horses – Feel the Power and Maverick
  • Nindigully Campdraft Maiden - 4th on Feel the Power.
  • Monto Open - 3rd on Oaks Penny
  • Paradise Lagoons
    • Novice - 2nd on Peter Doonan's Moore Spoonful
    • Mort & Co Open - =9th on Bob McKittrick's Lectric Kellie
    • Restricted Open - 5th on Oaks Penny
  • Bollon Champagne Campdraft
    • Restricted Open - 2nd on Oaks Penny
    • Maiden - 1st on Bob McKittrick's Madonna
    • Novice - 1st on Bob McKittrick's Lectric Kellie.
  • Capella Draft
  • Restricted Open - 2nd on Oaks Penny
  • Futurity draft - 1st on David and Jo Fraser's Two Bob an Acre
  • Alpha Futurity draft - 1st on Two Bob an Acre
  • Future Stars Futurity Series - 3rd on Peter Doonan's Pink

[Top photo by Framed Forever Photos: Karl & Chic.
Middle by JEM Photography: Karl & Serenade Rose.
3rd by Tricolby Photography: Karl & Bobadil Acres Dior.
Bottom photo: Karl & 'Sweetie']

  • Kragra Maiden - 1st on Bob and Carolyn McKittrick's mare Lectric Kellie
  • Armidale Maiden
    • 1st on Moore Spoonful
    • Novice - 2nd on Chic after a run off
  • Tambo Novice - 2nd on Dior | 4th on Chic
  • Gold City Open Draft at Charters Towers - 1st on Oaks Penny
  • Toomba sale Draft Restricted Open - 2nd on Serenade Rose
  • Normanton Maiden - 4th on Bill Little's mare Fell the Power

Karl Burton & Bobadil Acres Dior, Warwick.
Karl Burton & Oaks Penny
Karl Burton & Office Boy


  • Condamine Novice Draft on Oaks Penny


  • Paradise Lagoons Novice Draft on Bobadil Acres Dior


  • Paradise Lagoons Novice Draft on Oaks Penny


  • Rocky Rush Junior Challenge Winner on his own mare 'Oaks Penny'
  • 2nd in the Cloncurry Stockmans Challenge on Gina Drew's 'Docs Acrobat'
  • Winner of the Maiden Campdraft at Cloncurry on his own mare 'Charity Lena'
  • Bell Open Campdraft on Cyril Bidgoods gelding 'Office Boy'


  • Cloncurry Stanbroke  Stockman’s  Challenge on Office Boy.

[Top photo by Jane Lee: Karl Burton & Bobadil Acres Dior.]
2nd by Tricolby Photography. Karl Burton & Oaks Penny.
3rd by Melissa Sammon:  Karl Burton & Office Boy.
4th photo by Julie Shaw: Paradise Lagoons 2016.]

Felicity's successes
Felicity Burton & JR Elsola Rey.
Felicity Burton & JR Elsola Rey.
Felicity Burton & JR Elsola Rey with their trophy Navaho Trailer
Felicity Burton & Pagent Queen
Felicity Burton &Lindee Ladies Silver Cup.Elle at the 2015 Horse of The North
Felicity Burton & JR Elsola Rey Warwick Gold Cup Final
Felicity Burton & Bobadil Acres Dior
Felicity Burton & JR Elsola Rey reining


  • Paradise Lagoons
    • Rocky Open Cut out - 1st - Elsola Rey
    • Snaffle Bit Cutting - 4th - Oaks Playboy.  [View Video]
  • 2015/16 Lady Rider of the Year - 8th
  • ABCRA Open reining, Dalby - 9th


  • Warwick Gold Cup - 9th on Elsola Rey - [View Video]
  • Warwick - Highest overall average score for the week of drafting.
  • Cooyar Novice - 2nd Oaks Playboy (86 in Rd 1 with a missed gate and 90 in the final.)
  • Landmark Prydes EasiFeed Challenge - 1st on JR Elsola Rey
  • Landmark Classic Challenge - 1st on Elsola Rey winning a Navaho Horse Trailer.
  • Landmark Classic Campdraft Round 1 - 1st on Elsola Rey 92 pts
  • Normanton
    • Maiden - 1st on Elsola Rey and 2nd on Heidi Smith's Maggie May
    • Ladies Draft - 2nd on Elsola Rey
  • Dirranbandi Ladies Draft - 1st on Bobadil Acres Dior
  • Nindigully Ladies draft
    • 2nd on Dior
    • 3rd on Elsola Rey
    • Novice draft - 2nd on Elsola Rey
  • HOTN Open Challenge
    • 4th Elsola Rey
    • 9th Oaks Playboy
  • Normanton
    • Maiden - 1st on  Elsola Rey &
    • Maiden - 2nd on Heidi Smiths mare Maggie May.
    • Ladies - 2nd on Elsola Rey
  • Paradise Lagoons Stockman's Challenge - 2nd
  • Dirranbandi Ladies Campdraft - 1st on Elsola Rey.


  • Cloncurry Challenge finalist on JR Elsola Rey
  • Warwick Gold Cup finalist on Pagent Queen   View Video Rd 1
  • Monto Rookie Challenge - 1st on Pagent Queen
  • Grass Hut Stockman's Challenge - 1st on Elsola Rey


  • Monto Open Draft - 1st on Pagent Queen
  • Landmark Toowoomba Yearling Sale Challenge - 2nd on Opaldette


  • Winner Kilcoy Open Challenge - 1st on Oaks Penny
  • Dalby ASHS Sale - Ran off for the Open draft.
  • Crows Nest Novice - 1st on Trilby


  • Lindee Ladies Silver Cup Finalist

[Top 4 photos by Wild Fillies Photography: Felicity & JR Elsola Rey.
Third photo: Felicity & JR Elsola Rey with their trophy Navaho Trailer
4th photo: Felicity & Pagent Queens.
5th photo:  Felicity, Lindee Ladies Final, Chinchilla Grandmother Clock.
6th photo:  Felicity & JR Elsola Rey, 2015 Horse of The North.
7th photo by Katie Rutledge: Felicity & JR Elsola Rey, 2015 Warwick Gold Cup.
8th photo by Katie Rutledge: Felicity & Bobadil Acres Dior, 2015 Warwick Gold Cup.
Bottom photo by Tania Hobbs: Felicity & JR Elsola Rey, reining, at Dalby.]

Video Gallery

Felicity Burton & Pagent Queen, Monto.2017

Landmark Classic



Paradise Lagoons


Warwick Gold Cup

Landmark - Prydes EasiFeed Challenge

ARBC Open Stockmans Challenge Dalby

Landmark Classic

 [Photo: Felicity Burton & Pagent Queen, Monto.]


Chinchilla Bareback Cutout

Landmark Classic Open Draft


Landmark Classic


  • Felicity Forsyth & Pagent Queen, Gold Cup Rd 1 - [View Video]



Contact Diamond K Performance Horses

140 O’Keefe’s Road
Brymaroo  QLD  4403

Karl Burton: Ph: 0428 270 580
Felicity Burton: Ph: 0431 039 809


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