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GB win dressage silver at World Equestrian Games

Laura Bechtolsheimer

Bechtolsheimer shines as GB win dressage silver (UK users only)

World Equestrian Games
Venue: Kentucky Dates: 28 Sept - 9 Oct Coverage: Live coverage on BBC Red Button & online on 29 Sep (1930-2230), 2 Oct (1400-2100), 3 Oct (1800-2130) and 9 Oct (0100-0300); Highlights on 4 Oct (1300-1415)

Laura Bechtolsheimer shone as Great Britain claimed their first-ever team dressage medal at the World Equestrian Games, winning silver in Kentucky.

The Cirencester 25-year-old was under immense pressure aboard Mistral Hojris as the last of Britain's four riders.

But she delivered a career-best score of 82.51%, bettered only by Dutchman Edward Gal on Moorlands Totilas.

It meant Britain clinched second place, replicating their display at the 2009 European Championships in Windsor.

The Netherlands, as expected, took gold - despite Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival being eliminated when blood was seen in the horse's mouth during her test - with Germany third.

It was the first time for more than 20 years that Germany failed to win dressage team gold at the World Equestrian Games.

Bechtolsheimer, ranked third in the world, will be a major medal contender in Wednesday's grand prix special individual event, and the grand prix freestyle on Friday.

The Cotswolds-based rider completed a stirring test to strains of Land of Hope and Glory at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, United States.

The scores of Carl Hester (Liebling II) and Fiona Bigwood (Wie Atlantico) also counted towards the overall total, with the British quartet completed by Maria Eilberg (Two Sox).

"This is just phenomenal," said the experienced Hester. "We are going to have a massive celebration.

"A silver medal is fantastic, and Laura just blew her score right out of the water. She was amazing."

Bechtolsheimer told the BBC: "Second place for the team is amazing, the whole season's been geared towards peaking here, the other shows are important, but they're preparation essentially, well they have been for me.

"Mistral Hojris travelled well, he's settled in well and over the last few days I've just been able to up the game a little bit and say come on 'Alf' and he's so obliging, he's such a genuine horse, he went in there and he gave me everything."

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