- April 21st 2017
For our most recent #BarbourLife, we meet professional Equestrian rider, Lara Griffith, to find out her proudest career moment, and how her personal style reflects her talent as a rider…
Pictured our Barbour Flyweight Cavalry Quilted Jacket.
You’re an incredibly talented and accomplished rider, competing in tours globally - where did your passion for riding stem from?
My family have always been involved with horses, so I grew up around them. I’m highly competitive, and have been since a young age, so when I found out that I was quite good at riding and enjoyed working with the ponies and horses it went from there.
Can you tell us what a day in the life of a professional equestrian is like?
Early starts and late finishes… My regular day begins at 7am - I spend the morning riding horses. Each horse has an individual groomer who knows everything about them and all treatments and little quirks, to make sure they get the best care. The afternoons consist of leg stretching each horse again. By bringing them out twice a day, we find it helps with their fitness and keeps their minds nicely stem lasted. The day finishes at 5:30pm, where we shut up the yard for the night having fed all the horses again.
Is there a moment in your career you've been most proud of?
There are having been so many moments on the build of my career, but being at the airport in GB Olympic kit on the way to Rio. I will never forget that moment of being proud to be representing your whole country and having all that support from the general public as you get on that plane.
Can you tell us a little about your horse/horses? How long have you been riding together and what is their name/s?
Rubin Al Asad, stable name Rufus, or ‘Rufus the Doofus’ as he's sometimes more affectionately known as… now 15 years old, I have been riding him for 6 ½ years. He is currently my top horse and my partner that got me selected to go to Rio Olympics. He is an absolute try hard, and you have to love him for this despite trying too hard sometimes!
You look great in our Countrywear range - when or where did you first come in contact with Barbour? And do you have any happy memories of Barbour?
Barbour has such beautiful Countrywear and being that I spend nearly all my life outside the protective quality you get from Barbour clothing has certainly come in handy! I brought my fiancé a Barbour wax jacket to wear to help keep him warm as he is standing on the side-lines watching me compete in the cold and wet so often!
Do you feel your personal style reflects your talent as a rider?
I think my style is quite simple, but I would like to think elegant at the same time - which is obviously my aim as a rider in the dressage ring. Elegant and subtle with high impact - qualities that I feel shine through in my Barbour clothing.
You spend most of the year outdoors in the yard or out on hacks. What do you look for most from your clothing to protect you?
Definitely windproof - it gets very windy hacking around the farm, and when you have 3 or 4 hacks to go on I need to stay warm!