Lara Kuropatwa
Rider Lara Kuropatwa
D.O.B Unknown
Lives Wiltshire
Lara Kuropatwa

Biography

Coming from a horsey background it was almost inevitable that I would start riding. Both my older sisters were ‘Dressage Divas’- I watched my sister Olivia compete at two Pony European championships! However, back then dressage was definitely not for me- I was much more interested in Show Jumping. But it turned out to be a lucky move when at the age of 8 I was loaned ‘the Dressage Professor’- Mighty Max who wouldn’t go anywhere near a pole on the ground let alone leave the floor! So, it was Dressage all the way with him and eventually I went on with him to become UK Fledgling champion. Another lucky break in the form of the amazing FEI schoolmaster and former European team pony Don Joshi, who also came to us on loan. From then my destiny was set! Joshi took me to my first international when I was 12 and then paved the way for me to compete my two younger ponies, the stallion LE Chiffre aka Peanut and Mister Snowman, who we bought from Germany as a four-year-old. I produced both these ponies up to European team selection and I rode at the 2016 championships in Denmark with LE Chiffre, Peanut, where we finished 8th individually and as best Brit.

I now have 3 horses in my yard all of whom I am producing myself. My main international horse is Fergus (For Season), 9. We started out at medium level together two years ago and 12 months later we were selected for our first International together at Junior level. He’s now at his first season at PSG and international Young Riders. We’ve had some really good results so far including two 70% plus tests at Saumur CDI earlier this year for a 2nd and 5th place. My current plan with him is to take him up to Grand Prix. Ferdi (Ferdinant), 9, is also working towards PSG and Ice LH, 6, is a very exciting prospect for the future- he’s a real little powerhouse!!! It’s definitely a very challenging route to train your own horses up the levels, especially when you haven’t had that much experience yourself, but I have great support from my trainers and I really do think that you have a much better relationship with your horse if you’ve trained it yourself- it works for me anyway!!!

Outside of the sport I try to keep fit through yoga. I also love reading- I’m a bit of a bookworm- and in stark contrast to the horses I also have a passion for Art History.