Laura Tomlinson & Mistral Hojris Win Hagen CDI4* Grand Prix, 1st Competition Since Olympics

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Laura Tomlinson - Mistral Hojris IMG_3160

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HAGEN, Germany, April 19–Laura Bechtolsheimer, now married and using Tomlinson as her family name, competed Mistral Hojris for the first time since winning team gold and individual bronze at last summer’s Olympics for a dominating victory in the Grand Prix at Horses & Dreams CDI4* Friday.

The Danish Warmblood gelding that Laura said “luckily doesn’t know he’s 18 years old” showed the same metronome-like piaffe and passage to earn a score of 79.064 per cent, including two 10s on the final centerline piaffe and passage from Stephen Clarke, who was president of the ground jury at the London Games.

This year will, however, be the last in competition for the horse she calls “Alf” and plans are for a couple more big shows in Europe and then a farewell performance at the European Championships in Denmark, the horse’s birthplace.

The German Olympic combination of Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino FRH placed second on 74.191 per cent with compatriot Nadine Capellmann on Girasol 7 third on73.830 per cent in the class that was for the Grand Prix Special.

The Grand Prix for the Freestyle is scheduled for Saturday and features Steffen Peters competing Legolas for the first time outside the United States though the horse was trained to Grand Prix at this same sprawling complex operated by Ullrich Kasselman of Performance Sales International.

Laura Tomlinson on Mistral Hojris celebrating their Grand Prix victory at Horses & Dreams CDI4* in Hagen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Tomlinson on Mistral Hojris celebrating their Grand Prix victory at Horses & Dreams CDI4* in Hagen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The partnership of Laura, now aged 28, and Mistral Hojris (Michellino x Virginia x Ibsen) has been defining for the rise of British dressage to the center of the world stage.

She competed the horse at Young Riders in 2005 then began campaigning in the senior ranks two years later going to the European Championships in 2007 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

But it was the European Championships at Windsor, England in 2009 where the fairytale story of Laura and Alf leading the British team to their first ever team silver medal team silver medal that vied for attention with the performances of the superstar couple of Edward Gal and Totilas.

A year later, they were second to the Dutch combination in all three classes at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, won team gold at the Europeans in Rotterdam in 2011 and then team gold and individual bronze at the London Games.

“He feels great,” Laura said after Friday’s win, “supple and athletic. There is no pressure. He has nothing left to prove. I’ll just enjoy every ride on him while he’s fit and well. It’s really in his hands.

“I don’t think I will compete him next year even if he’s still well. I really need to be thinking about the future. I don’t want to stop when he’s starting to get worse, I’d ike to stop while he’s still the way people remember him when he was at his best.”

RESULTS

Grand Prix (for Special)

Pl. KNR Horse Rider E H C M B Total
1. 394 Mistral Hojris
W \ DK \ F \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen \ Z: \ B: Tomlinson,Laura
Laura Tomlinson
GROSSBRITANNIEN
2.000,00 EUR 81.596%
383.5
(1)
74.787%
351.5
(1)
80.000%
376
(1)
78.085%
367
(1)
80.851%
380
(1)
79.064%
1858
2. 199 Dablino FRH
W \ Hann \ Df \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II \ Z: Sweers,Weert-Arnold \ B: Balkenhol,Klaus,Balkenhol,Judith
Anabel Balkenhol
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
1.300,00 EUR 74.043%
348
(2)
73.085%
343.5
(2)
74.362%
349.5
(3)
73.617%
346
(2)
75.851%
356.5
(2)
74.191%
1743.5
3. 301 Girasol 7
S \ Württ \ F \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Landioso \ Z: Schönenberger,Matthias \ B: Capellmann,Nadine
Nadine Capellmann
RV Würselen 1925 e.V.
900,00 EUR 74.043%
348
(2)
72.872%
342.5
(3)
74.255%
349
(4)
73.511%
345.5
(3)
74.468%
350
(3)
73.830%
1735
4. 277 Fitou L
H \ DK \ B \ 1999 \ Florestan I x May Sherif \ Z: \ B: Family Larsen,
Lone Bang Larsen
DÄNEMARK
700,00 EUR 71.489%
336
(7)
71.064%
334
(4)
75.426%
354.5
(2)
71.383%
335.5
(5)
73.085%
343.5
(4)
72.489%
1703.5
5. 201 D’Agostino 5
W \ Hann \ F \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx \ Z: Lahmann,Klaus \ B: Capellmann-Lütkemeier,Gina
Fabienne Lütkemeier
RFV Paderborn e.V.
500,00 EUR 72.660%
341.5
(4)
69.574%
327
(6)
70.638%
332
(7)
70.426%
331
(6)
70.426%
331
(5)
70.745%
1662.5
6. 271 Fernandez 12
W \ Westf \ F \ 2000 \ Florestan I x Weinberg \ Z: Hobitz,Sandra \ B: Grewe,Stephan
Cathrine Rasmussen
NORWEGEN
400,00 EUR 71.702%
337
(6)
67.447%
317
(10)
71.915%
338
(5)
69.362%
326
(9)
69.149%
325
(7)
69.915%
1643
7. 836 Marakov
W \ Ausl. \ B \ 2000 \ Rufs x Mitjulands \ Z: \ B: Mr F Eilberg
Michael George Eilberg
GROSSBRITANNIEN
300,00 EUR 69.255%
325.5
(8)
69.894%
328.5
(5)
69.362%
326
(9)
69.894%
328.5
(8)
69.681%
327.5
(6)
69.617%
1636
8. 323 Jonstrupgärdens Raneur
W \ DK \ B \ 1999 \ Ragazzo x Schwadroneur \ Z: \ B: Seierskilde,Lisbeth
Lisbeth Seierskilde
DÄNEMARK
300,00 EUR 72.234%
339.5
(5)
64.574%
303.5
(19)
68.085%
320
(10)
72.128%
339
(4)
68.830%
323.5
(8)
69.170%
1625.5
9. 377 Blue Hors Loxana H
S \ Old \ B \ 2002 \ Diamond Hit x Argentinus \ Z: ZG Herff,Franz Josef u.Elke \ B: Blue Horse Aps,
Maria Andersen
DÄNEMARK
300,00 EUR 69.255%
325.5
(8)
67.021%
315
(11)
70.106%
329.5
(8)
70.106%
329.5
(7)
68.191%
320.5
(10)
68.936%
1620
10. 257 Esperanto 21
W \ Hann \ R \ 2001 \ Escudo II x Rio Branco \ Z: Eggers,Johann-Christian \ B: Rackl,Andreas
Andrea John
RA München e.V.
300,00 EUR 68.936%
324
(10)
68.404%
321.5
(8)
67.021%
315
(14)
69.255%
325.5
(10)
68.617%
322.5
(9)
68.447%
1608.5
11. 529 Soraya II
S \ Hann \ B \ 2002 \ Sandro Hit x Donnerhall \ Z: Borchers,Wilhelm \ B: Hagelstam,Stella
Stella Hagelstam
FINNLAND
100,00 EUR 67.872%
319
(13)
66.383%
312
(14)
70.745%
332.5
(6)
67.766%
318.5
(11)
67.447%
317
(11)
68.043%
1599
12. 219 Dick Tracy OLD
H \ Old \ R \ 2000 \ De Niro x Argentinus \ Z: Greten,Josef \ B: Boeckmann-Heinrich,Cornelia
Alexandra Bimschas
Elbdörfer u.Schenefelder RV e.V.
100,00 EUR 67.340%
316.5
(15)
66.064%
310.5
(15)
66.702%
313.5
(18)
65.745%
309
(16)
67.234%
316
(12)
66.617%
1565.5
Total = 7.200,00 EUR
Nicht platzierte Teilnehmer
13. 425 Paradieszauber 3
H \ SAnha \ F \ 2000 \ Paradiesvogel x Kolibri \ Z: ZG Schulz u.Mäkelburg, \ B: Schulz,Ute
Catherine Henriquet
FRANKREICH
68.723%
323
(11)
63.936%
300.5
(23)
67.553%
317.5
(12)
66.809%
314
(13)
65.745%
309
(18)
66.553%
1564
14. 408 Noble Dream Concept Sol
S \ Old \ R \ 2002 \ Caprimond x Donnerhall \ Z: Fenske,Claus \ B: Dallara,Laura
Marc Boblet
FRANKREICH
63.617%
299
(24)
67.979%
319.5
(9)
67.766%
318.5
(11)
66.915%
314.5
(12)
66.277%
311.5
(15)
66.511%
1563
15. 590 Victoria 78
S \ BWP \ B \ 1998 \ Havidoff x El Corona \ Z: Wens,L. \ B: Smith,Nicole
Nicole Smith
REPUBLIK SÜDAFRIKA
66.702%
313.5
(16)
68.723%
323
(7)
66.915%
314.5
(15)
63.723%
299.5
(25)
66.170%
311
(16)
66.447%
1561.5
16. 597 Warbeau
W \ Hann \ R \ 2001 \ Wolkenstein II x Matcho AA \ Z: Quast,Horst \ B: Vischer-Bonnard,Clio
Hans Staub
SCHWEIZ
65.745%
309
(20)
66.809%
314
(13)
66.596%
313
(20)
66.489%
312.5
(15)
66.383%
312
(13)
66.404%
1560.5
17. 573 Ulysses la Haya
W \ KWPN \ DB \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Ulft \ Z: Verhagen \ B: Boucher,O.M.,Alberts,J.
Laurens van Lieren
NIEDERLANDE
67.553%
317.5
(14)
65.106%
306
(16)
66.809%
314
(17)
64.255%
302
(21)
65.426%
307.5
(20)
65.830%
1547
18. 472 Ramoneur 6
H \ Old \ Df \ 2002 \ Rohdiamant x Alabaster \ Z: Bettin-Schulze-Schleppinghoff,Barba \ B: Seymour,Tanya Karen
Tanya Karen Seymour
RG Klein Roscharden
66.596%
313
(17)
64.362%
302.5
(21)
67.128%
315.5
(13)
64.362%
302.5
(20)
66.383%
312
(13)
65.766%
1545.5
19. 550 Lucky Dance
H \ Hess \ DB \ 2001 \ Lucky Lionell x Placido-Sun (Pentagon) \ Z: Gestüt Tannenhof, \ B: Plönzke,Klaus C.
Julie de Deken
BELGIEN
66.383%
312
(19)
65.000%
305.5
(17)
65.532%
308
(22)
65.319%
307
(17)
65.745%
309
(18)
65.596%
1541.5
19. 708 PSI de Caprio
W \ Hann \ B \ 2000 \ de Niro x \ Z: \ B: Andrea Beatty
Matthew Dowsley
AUSTRALIEN
65.000%
305.5
(22)
67.021%
315
(11)
65.638%
308.5
(21)
64.255%
302
(21)
66.064%
310.5
(17)
65.596%
1541.5
21. 436 Poko Loko
W \ KWPN \ DB \ 1997 \ Kennedy x Erik \ Z: M. Riemsma \ B: Hylckama Vlieg,Manon van
Manon van Hylckama Vlieg
NIEDERLANDE
65.426%
307.5
(21)
64.574%
303.5
(19)
66.702%
313.5
(18)
66.809%
314
(13)
62.979%
296
(24)
65.298%
1534.5
22. 266 Famous Boy 2
W \ Old \ B \ 1997 \ Feiner Stern x Landadel \ Z: Cornelius,Leenert \ B: Hof Kasselmann KG,Carrascosa Martinez,Borja
Borja Carrascosa Martinez
RSC Osnabruecker Land e.V.
66.596%
313
(17)
63.298%
297.5
(24)
66.915%
314.5
(15)
64.255%
302
(21)
64.681%
304
(23)
65.149%
1531
23. 609 Worchester 4
W \ Old \ R \ 2000 \ Weltblick x Contango \ Z: Brinkmann,Claudia \ B: Lehala GmbH,
Pia Laus-Schneider
RSG Wöpkendorf e.V.
68.617%
322.5
(12)
62.340%
293
(25)
65.106%
306
(24)
63.617%
299
(26)
65.213%
306.5
(21)
64.979%
1527
24. 564 Twister RVL
W \ KWPN \ F \ 2000 \ Krack C x Samber \ Z: M.H. Loeffen, Wijchen \ B: Lierop,Robin E.A.
Seth Boschman
NIEDERLANDE
64.255%
302
(23)
64.787%
304.5
(18)
65.213%
306.5
(23)
65.000%
305.5
(19)
65.213%
306.5
(21)
64.894%
1525
25. 604 Wilco V
W \ KWPN \ R \ 2003 \ Rousseau x Centauer Z \ Z: P Verdellen Paarden & Fok & Opfok \ B: Orshaegen,Mario van
Mario van Orshaegen
BELGIEN
62.979%
296
(25)
64.043%
301
(22)
65.106%
306
(24)
65.319%
307
(17)
62.766%
295
(25)
64.043%
1505
26. 337 Lanciero 2
H \ Rhld \ Schwb \ 1998 \ Lancer II x Johanniter \ Z: Hoogen,Gottfried \ B: Al Shaer,Diana
Diana Al Shaer
RUSSLAND
62.021%
291.5
(27)
61.809%
290.5
(26)
63.830%
300
(26)
64.149%
301.5
(24)
61.064%
287
(27)
62.574%
1470.5
27. 710 Tailormade Akon Askelund
W \ DK \ B \ 2000 \ Akinos x Pari-Ace Dane \ Z: \ B: Tailormade Horses ApS
Ellen Birgitte Farbrot
NORWEGEN
62.340%
293
(26)
60.638%
285
(27)
63.404%
298
(27)
61.809%
290.5
(27)
61.277%
288
(26)
61.894%
1454.5

 

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Judges E: Katrina Wüst (GER)
H: Yuri Romanov (RUS)
C: Stephan Clarke (GBR)
M: Dr. Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
B: Ghislain Fouarge (NED)