Laura Bechtolscheimer celebrated a superb double-medal haul at the European Championships yesterday winning an individual bronze and a British team silver at Windsor Castle.
Bechtolsheimer, riding aboard Mistral Hojris, posted a score of 80.08%, the highest ever individual grand prix total by a British rider.
The 24-year-old prevented a clean sweep of medals by Dutch women Adelinde Cornilessen and Edward Gal, who finished first and second respectively.
“I went into the arena more determined than ever,” said Bechtolsheimer.
“It was without doubt the best test I’ve ever ridden and my horse gave me everything. He’s a talented horse and I knew I had a chance but to actually manage it is just amazing.
“Sporting history has been made and to be part of it on home turf is very very special. I’m still a bit shaken up.”
An individual dressage medal has not been won by a Brit since Emile Faurie back in 1993.
Her performance followed the team’s silver medal she won the previous day, alongside Carl Hester, Emma Hindle and Maria Eilberg.
Shakila Barabhuiya, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine