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World Games test for Laura Bechtolsheimer and 'Alf'


We're all ready to go, says Bechtolsheimer

Laura Bechtolsheimer is ready for the biggest test of her year so far - the World Equestrian Games, which begin in Kentucky on September 25.

Bechtolsheimer, from Cirencester, is in peak form, having just won the National Dressage Championships.

Now she and her horse Mistral Hojris head off to the United States.

"I feel confident, as Alf [Mistral Hojris] is pretty reliable and always tries his best," the 25-year-old told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Bechtolsheimer, who is currently the third-ranked dressage rider in the world, added: "Provided we get there and he's feeling fit and well, there aren't many horses like him on the circuit.

"I really hope that we can first of all do our bit for the team and then can see what we can come up with for the individual."

She admits to having one eye on the 2012 London Olympics but acknowledges that the World Games is equally important to her sport.

"In the grand scheme of things, the Olympics is always the pinnacle but certainly, in the equestrian calendar, the world games is virtually the same thing.

"It has the best competitors from all over the world and there's a very special atmosphere. You get to see top people from across the board and it's an exciting thing to be part of."

Mistral Hojris is being flown out to America on 18 September with the riders following a day later.

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