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Stuttgart 2009 - Laura & Mistral Hojris shine in Special

German Masters

25 Internationales Reitturnier
18-22 November, 2009

Report & Photos
Kelly Bauer


Laura & Mistral Hojris shine in Special at Stuttgart

At just 25 years old, Laura Bechtolsheimer is proving to the world that she has what it takes to make it in the big league. Together with her super talented Mistral Hojris (Alf), the pair claimed the title in the Grand Prix (For the Special) with 77.191% and the GP Special on 76.542%

Pictured right - The winners, Laura & Mistral Hojris during their lap of honour.

The Stuttgart German Masters was the first show back for Laura and her imposing chestnut gelding ‚Alf’. The 14 year old Danish Warmblood has come a long way in the last show season, with help from Laura, her trainer Klaus Balkenhol and of course her Dad who is her trainer at home.

 Laura & Alf squeeze in a training session.

Glancing at startlist for this Grand Prix competition, I saw an array of international names, Haddad, Balkenhol, Gal, Koschel, Max-Theurer and Theodorescu just to name a few! It was definately going to be interesting…But as the competitors left the arena one by one it was becoming clear that Laura had a good chance of taking the lead. If only her red headed mount could keep it all together…

Having seen Laura and Alf in the warm up in the morning before the GP, I was very impressed with how relaxed and happy they both looked. In what can be quite a scarey environment, this horse looked right at home. They managed to carry this attitude across to the big arena for both of their tests and were rewarded for their efforts.

With tests that are so accurate, tactful and expressive yet combined with the abundance of power contained in this magnificent horse, they deserved every mark they recieved in both of their tests.

Right - Laura, Alf and their groom.

After her wining performances Laura said "In the Grand Prix I rode my personal best and I had a lot of fun. In the Grand Prix Special, it was not quite so easy for me, but my horse has also gone through great. "

Laura has been dubbed the 'real Classical rider’ amongst the GP riders at the moment. Of course with her attention to detail, constant striving for perfection and the fact that she trains with one of the most respected classical trainers of the Dressage world, it is should be no surprise that all this combined with some briliant horses has made 2009 a massive success for team Bechtolsheimer.

At a time when the morals and direction of the world of dressage are being strongly questioned, debated and deliberated on, it is refreshing to see a young star such as Laura. Laura will no doubt be an inspiration for many, many riders across the globe and she is certainly going to be a hot contender in top level Dressage.

Photo: Trainers, Klaus Balkenhol (Middle) and her dad (right)
were keeping a close eye on the pair in the warm up.

Lauras successes in the last two years include:


Team Silver medalist for Britain at the Europeans, Windsor.

Bronze medalist in the Grand Prix Special at the Europeans, Windsor.


GP CDI4* Lingen

GP CDI3* Hagen

GP Special CDI3* Hagen

GP CDI3* Hertogenbosh, The Netherlands

GP Special CDI3* Hertogenbosh, The Netherlands

2nd Places:

GP CDI4* Lingen

GP Special CDI4* Lingen

GP Kur CDI4* Lingen

3rd Place:

GP CDI-W Neumunster, Germany.


British Dressage Rider of the Year.
Team 5th at the Olympics in Hong Kong

17th Individually at the Olympics in Hong Kong

2nd Places:

GP Special Stuttgart German Masters

GP CDI-W London

GP Special CDI5* Lingen

3rd Places:

GP Stuttgart German Masters

GP Special CDI5* Lingen

The Stuttgart German Masters website

For Full Results

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