Lara Griffith & Rubin al Asad Return Home to England After Success in Florida CDI4* Grand Prix Special

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Lara Griffith on Rubin al Asad in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lara Griffith on Rubin al Asad in the CDI4* Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 19, 2016–Great Britain’s Lara Griffith and Rubin Al Asad return home to England after a successful finish to their second Florida winter circuit, runner-up in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Special Saturday.

Second place on 71.059 per cent for Lara and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding behind America’s Allison Brock on Rosevelt came amidst torrential downpours and breaks of bright sun that created a tropical hothouse at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

But the score was an improvement on a disappointing Special performance a month ago that Lara hopes is putting her on track to “getting back to that point where 73 per cent is a normal average rather than being your goal.”

“I was pretty pleased,” said the 27-year-old rider of the horse owned by the Bechtolsheimer family. She is an assistant to Laura Tomlinson, the British Olympic team gold and individual bronze medalist.

However, she was “a bit disappointed” by her Grand Prix and worried beforehand about the Special with so many transitions.

“I think we managed it OK.”

Lara said she and “Rufus,” as she calls Rubin al Asad, need to gain back consistency that they had lost a little as the horse developed more power.

“We have a few rides getting back to that point where 73 per cent is the normal average rather than being your goal.”

She said that being in Florida for the winter helped the horses–the coats are shiner, they come out quicker because their muscles are warmer than at home where it was freezing.

She is among a group of riders seeking a place on Britain’s team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August with three of the four places expected to go to Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Carl Hester on Nip Tuck and Fiona Bigwood on Orthilia.

That makes competition for the remaining spot “tough.”

Plans for Lara and Rubin al Asad and Laura with her horses is the Horses & Dreams show at Hagen, Germany in late April and Compiègne, France a month later.