Charlotte Dujardin CBE – Elite British Dressage Rider
Charlotte Dujardin CBE is a elite British dressage rider, triple Gold Medalist at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics Games, European Champion, World Champion and holds all three World Records in the sport of Dressage.
Charlotte and Valegro were part of the Gold medal winning team at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam on their Championship debut and rode her first Grand Prix test in January 2011 with Valegro, with a debut score of 74%.
Dujardin and Valegro also achieved an individual gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Dressage Freestyle, making her the first British woman to retain an individual Olympic title, and briefly the most successful female British Olympian in the history of the Games, before Laura Trott surpassed her record with a fourth gold.
Dujardin and Valegro set a new Olympic dressage score of 93.857 in the Grand Prix Freestyle and also won a team silver medal, once again making the nation proud.
“All of the horses progress is never just down to the rider or training but also the invaluable contribution of the wider team. I have worked with Dee for a few years now….I really want to highlight her work as she plays an important part in my horses progress and success and I’m very grateful to her… Dee also shows you exercises to transform your core; something we work on a lot together that helps immensely with my riding. She also loves the horses ….she’s incredible at what she does.”
Charlotte Dujardin CBE
Elite British dressage rider, triple Gold Medalist at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics Games, European Champion, World Champion and holds all three World Records in the sport of Dressage
Astier Nicolas – Olympic Eventer
Astier gained team gold and individual silver with Paif de B’Neville at Rio 2016. After being long listed for London 2012 for team France and unable to compete at WEG for injury reasons, he had a point to prove. This year Astier won the 7yo World Championships and came 6th at Pau CCI 4* and finished in 15th place at Badminton. The only rider to have ridden on 6 Youth European Championship Teams, winning 2 team bronze medals and an individual silver. 2015 was a great year winning the Blair International CCI3* and Pau CCI4*, and in 2014 finished 9th on his first debut at Badminton.
Dee has worked with Astier and his horses for many years now and is incredibly happy and proud of them all, the future looks ever more exciting!
“About six years ago I bet someone that Astier would go to the Olympics, and true to form and character he did. I couldn’t have been more proud when they got that gold medal, but I knew they would come back with nothing less! I love how determined he is and how much his horses trust him. Astier is proof that if you believe enough, you can achieve anything. He is one of the greatest riders and a really great friend.”
“Dee has been working with me and my horses for many years now and has traveled with me to many in competitions. All my horses have such different temperaments and have to be handled very differently and Dee works with them as individuals. One of my horses is very sharp but she manages to calm her and this really helps before her dressage as she can get very tense. Dee treats me also and I feel a lot better afterwards as riding so many can make the body sore. I trust her with my horses and recommend her highly.”
International Event Rider – Rio 2016 Gold and Silver Olympic Medalist – Team France
Lara Butler – International Grand Prix Rider
Lara Butler (née Griffith) is a British Grand Prix Dressage Rider who resides in Gloucestershire. She is a rising star of British dressage and has progressed rapidly through the ranks from Young Riders to Grand Prix level.
Lara describes herself as the “Number 1 stable jockey for Olympic Gold & Bronze Medalist Laura Tomlinson” having joined the Bechtolsheimers as stable jockey in 2010. 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!
Lara was team reserves for the World Equestrian Games team in 2018, as well as the 2017 European Championships and 2016 Rio Olympics.
Lara is due to compete her prolific Grand Prix campaigner and reigning National Champion Rubin Al Asad (Rufus) at Olympia in December. The pair, have a great track record at Olympia, having finished fifth in the freestyle in 2017 and fourth in 2015. Good Luck Lara!
“Dee and her strength and conditioning partner Ben are working with myself and the horses, including biomechanics to keep us all on the road and keeping me fit, strong and mobile throughout pregnancy, so that I can stay comfortable for as long as possible and get back in the saddle ready for my 2019 team campaign! So excited to continue working with them both and see how strong I can get!”
International Grand Prix Rider