Spectacular win for Kristjan and Lara Butler

At the CDI Hartpury Dressage Festival, which took place in Great Britain, the Bechtolsheimer family’s Kristjan won with Lara Butler in the saddle the Intermediate I Freestyle ahead of Olympic gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin.

Kristjan, born 2005, by Polarion/Trak. out of Kardinale/Trak. by Napoleon Quatre - Mahagoni, bred by Dr. Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, Great Britain, and owned by the Bechtolsheimer family, Great Britain, and his British rider Lara Butler made a great impression, placed sixth in a Prix St. Georges, took second place in an Intermediate I and winning the Intermediate I Freestyle test. "Friday Kristjan did a super consistent test just one little confusion coming out of the pirouette. He thought we were doing a full one. He came sixth in the Prix St Georges," said his rider Lara Butler (née Griffith). "Kristjan and I upped our game for the Inter I. He was amazing, the best test I have ever done on him to come second on 73%!" After winning the Kur, Butler said, "Oh my goodness what a day I can't actually believe it! A win in Kristjan's first ever CDI and a personal best of 78% in the Inter I Freestyle." Granddam Kandia III also gave birth to the licensed stallion Kaiser Wilhelm/Trak. by Lehndorff’s, who collected ribbons in international Grand Prix classes under Anke ter Beek.

Samba Dancer, born 2006, by Samba Hit II out of Lady by Ferro - Concorde, bred by Hermann Kretz, Strälen, Germany, and owned by Mrs. C. Richards, Great Britain, took silver in a Prix St. Georges and sixth place in an Intermediate I under his rider Kate Cowell.

Photo: Winning team: Kristjan by Polarion/Trak. and Lara Butler. (Sparrow)

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