Laura Tomlinson Debuts Rosalie B In Florida CDI3* Grand Prix as British Team Prospect

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Laura Tomlinson riding Rosalie B at Florida's Global Dressage FestivalCDI3* Grand Prix, the competition debut for the pair, © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Tomlinson riding Rosalie B at Florida’s Global Dressage FestivalCDI3* Grand Prix, the competition debut for the pair, © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 10, 2016–Laura Tomlinson rode Rosalie B in their first competition, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Wednesday, excited that she may have a horse that could give her a shot at making the British team for Rio de Janeiro.

The 10-year-old Westfalen mare that Laura was riding in a competition for the first time since the horse was bought two months ago from Klaus Balkenhol, her trainer who bred Rosalie, scored 67.900 per cent.

Laura, British team gold and individual bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games, said she was “thrilled” although the mare was a “little antsy” going into a competition arena as a partnership for the first time. It was also the first Grand Prix for Rosalie–Anabel Balkenhol, Klaus’s daughter and a German Olympian, rode the horse to Small Tour.

“It is so good to be back,” Laura said in response to a question about aiming for the summer Games in Rio. “I will do my best.”