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Laura Bechtolsheimer climbs to three in world rankings

Laura Bechtolsheimer
Bechtolsheimer's main event in 2010 is the World Equestrian Games

Laura Bechtolsheimer is up to number three in the world dressage rankings.

The 25-year-old from Ampney St Peter, whose star horse is Mistral Hojris moved up a place, based on her best eight results over the past year.

"We've both grown up a lot, 2009 was a spectacular season for us," she told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"The fact that my rankings have quietly been creeping up and up and up just shows how mature my horse has got and how subtle we are as a partnership."

Bechtolsheimer won an individual bronze medal and a team silver at the 2009 European Championships at Windsor and has broken all former British dressage records over the past year.

At 15 Mistral Hojris is at his peak, but Bechtolsheimer hopes that by looking after the horse, who is nick-named 'Alf', his time at the top can be extended.

She said: "Being a successful competitor isn't just about being good in the arena, it's about being able to manage your horses - they're pretty highly strung athletes at the end of the day.

"Some horses run until they're 17 or 18. I really hope that I can happily compete at the next Olympics on him but at the same time they can have accidents of injuries, so nothing's certain."

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