09 August 2020
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

Equestrian: Bechtolsheimer shines as GB win dressage silver

September 30, 2010

Great Britain’s dressage riders claimed a well deserved silver, finishing second behind the Netherlands at the World Equestrian Games held at Kentucky Horse Park in America.

GBDressageTeam_WEG10kh2671The British team of Laura Bechtolsheimer, Carl Hester, Fiona Bigwood and Maria Eilberg claimed the country’s first dressage medal since the games began 20 years ago after Bechtolsheimer posted her career-best score of 82.51% aboard Mistral Hojris.

“Even before I started my test, my team-mates had given me a real boost with their performances,” said the Cotswolds-based Bechtolsheimer. “Mistral Horjis found it easy from start to finish, with no mistakes. He amazes me that he’s so extravagant, but still stays relaxed.

The world success followed a silver medal at last year’s European Championships in Windsor, while Bechtolsheimer is in the form of her life, having climbed to third in the global rankings.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Related stories:

Equestrian: Double gold for Tina Cook at European Championships

Equestrian: Double medal haul for Bechtolsheimer

Getting started – Horse riding

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

And it was the experienced Hester, a multi-British champion, whose consistent performance on Liebling II ensured Britain stayed in medal contention ahead of Bechtolsheimer’s sparkling display that concluded to strains of Land of Hope and Glory.

“I’m over the moon,” said Hester, from Newent in Gloucestershire. “I remember my first championship over 20 years ago and not being at all nervous. Twenty years on, I’m really nervous!”

All four riders also qualified for the grand prix special where they will compete as individuals with Bechtolsheimer tipped for medal success.

Clarissa Goodwin, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Kit Houghton

Select a sport

Find out how to get started, training plans and expert advice.