PIAFFE PRESENTS WORKING TOWARDS GRAND PRIX WITH LARA BUTLER
Lara Butler (nee Griffith) is a British Dressage Rider who resides in Gloucestershire. Born into a “horsey” family, her father was in the Kings Troop and her mother rode and acted as Chef d’Equipe for Britain’s Under-21 teams, has been a show secretary for a number of high profile events and is the current Chef d'Equipe of the Senior Dressage Team .She has been at the Bechtolsheimers for seven years now and has had the opportunity to ride some amazing horses. She has had the opportunity to bring on Rubin Al Asad, who competes at Grand Prix, as well as competing one of their young homebreds, Kristjan at Small Tour.
The biggest honour was when she was given the opportunity to train and compete Andretti H at Grand Prix level at the end of 2012, with her biggest highlight becoming Reserve National Champion at the British Dressage National Championships and competing at Olympia CDI and being placed in the Top 10. That was a moment Lara says she will never forget and cannot thank the Bechtolsheimers enough for giving her the opportunity! At the end of 2013 she was also wild carded on to the World Class Development Programme, funded by UK Sport. At the end of 2014 Andretti was retired so her focused shifted to moving Rubin Al Asad up from Small Tour to Big Tour. At the beginning of 2015, she competed Rubin Al Asad out in Wellington, Florida, achieving their first international Big Tour win. Lara was also moved up on to the World Class Performance Programme.
She has since competed very successfully at International level, was the Reserve for the British Dressage Team for the 2016 Olympic Games and for the European Championships in 2017. She won the Grand Prix at the Le Mieux British Dressage National Championships in 2017 aboard Rubin Al Asaad. Today she works with Kristjan who she is preparing for the Grand Prix level.