Mistral Hojris, Global Star for 7 Years, to Compete on British Team at Hickstead Nations Cup Before Expected Farewell at Europeans

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Laura Bechtolsheimeron Mistral Hojris at Hickstead in 2009. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Bechtolsheimeron Mistral Hojris in front of the iconic double decker bus at Hickstead in 2009. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Mistral Hojris that Laura Tomlinson rode to Olympic and European Championship team gold will compete for Great Britain on the CDIO3* Nations Cup at Hickstead, England before going to the Europeans later next month for what likely will be a farewell championship performance in the land of the horse’s birth.

Eight nations have entered teams for the Nations Cup–Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States as well as Britain. Individuals from another three countries are also entered.

Laura and “Alf,” as she calls the bright chestnut Danish Warmblood gelding now 18 years old will be on Britain’s Nations Cup squad with her 2012 Olympic team mates Carl Hester and Uthopia as well as Michael Eilberg and Marakov and Gareth Hughes and DV Stenjkers Nadonna.

at Hickstead Aug. 1-4.

Mistral Hojris (Michellino x Ibsen) was competed by Laura as a Young Rider in 2005 and moved to Grand Prix in 2007. Since then, the pair has competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the 2010 World Equestrian Games and Herning will be the fourth straight European Championships.

World No. 1 Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are scheduled to compete in the CDI3* at Hickstead.

The musical Freestyle to be held on Sunday will decide the Nations Cup for the first time in this year’s series–the other three events followed tradition and were decided by the Grand Prix–and possibly only the second time ever.

All combinations, both teams and individuals, entered in the Nations Cup CDIO3* get to compete in the Grand Prix but only team combinations will move on to the Freestyle.

Great Britain is one of eight teams in the last of four Nations Cups in Europe this year as a pilot program designed to create a series to mirror the success of jumping’s Nations Cup leagues.

The top three countries in the Nations Cup standings, Netherlands, Germany and Sweden as well as Britain and the United States, entered in their second event in the series, are in the lineup.

The Nations Cup and the accompanying CDI3* has attracted so many entries that the Grand Prix for both events will run over two days–Thursday and Friday.

Only the Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany attracted more teams, nine, while Rotterdam had seven and the inaugural event at Vidabaun had four after Britain had to drop out because one of its horses had to scratch.witdraw

The Nations Cup standings after three events:
1. Netherlands 30 points
2. Sweden 28
3T. Germany 22
3T. Denmark 22
5. Great Britain 15
6. France 13
7T. Belgium 11
7T. United States 11
9. Switzerland 6
10. Spain 5
11. Finland 4

The Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida was not included in the series because it is made up of teams of mixed big and small tour horses and designed test a new format for the Pan American Games.

TEAMS

France
JULIA CHEVANNE/LUCIANO
STEPHANIE COLLOMB/RIVERDANCE 11
ALIZEE FROMENT/MISTRAL DU COUSSOUL
CATHERINE HENRIQUET/PARADIESZAUBER

Germany
MATTHIAS KEMPKES/RICCOLETTO
STEPHAN KOBERLE/DARJEELING
JENNY LANG/LOVERBOY
JOHANNA VON FIRCKS/NYMPHENBURGS ROCKSPOT

Great Britain
LAURA TOMLINSON/MISTRAL HOJRIS
CARL HESTER/UTHOPIA
GARETH HUGHES/DV STENJKERS NADONNA
MICHAEL EILBERG/MARAKOV

Ireland
DANE RAWLINS/SYDNEY
ROLAND TONG/POMPIDOU
KATE DWYER/REVE D’OR

Netherlands
KATJA GEVERS/THRILLER
LOTJE SCHOOTS/EQUITOP TORRICELLI LS
JOYCE HEUITINK/WUP
LAURENS VAN LIEREN/ULYSES LA HAYA

Spain
DIANA OSTARIZ OLIVER/GUMIEL
LAURO AGUILO MIQUEL/HIERRO C
AUGUSTI ELIAS LARA/DECO BON

Sweden
CHARLOTTE HAIDBONNERGAARD/TRIVIANT
SOFIE LEXNER/CHARMING BOY
CAROLINE DARCOURT/PARIDON MAGI
NATALIE OLDFORS/WINNIE B

United States
GUENTER SEIDEL/CORAL REEF WYLEA
KATHLEEN RAINE/BREANNA
SHELLY FRANCIS/DOKTOR
ARLENE PAGE/ALINA