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TOMLINSON Laura
Sport Dressage, Jumping
NOC Great Britain   
GenderFemale
Born31 Jan 1985 in Mainz, FRG
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  14 Jun 2018
Further Personal Information
Other names Laura Bechtolsheimer
Residence England
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
Higher education Philosophy, Politics - Bristol University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first tried riding at age three.
Why this sport? She originally practised eventing before taking up dressage as a teenager.
Club / Team Laura Bechtolshemer Dressage: England
Name of coach Klaus Balkenhol [personal], GER
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Nicknames Laura B (equestrianlife.com.au, 18 Jun 2014)
Most influential person in career Her parents. (2gallop.co.uk, 01 Nov 2015)
Hero / Idol German equestrian coach Klaus Balkenhol. (standard.co.uk, 20 Jul 2012)
Injuries She slipped a disc in her back in 2017. (haygain.co.uk, 09 Jan 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She has a pair of lucky pearl earrings that she wears during competitions. (standard.co.uk, 20 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The best piece of advice I've had is never to say, 'I can't' or 'the horse won't'. If you have this in mind it forces you to look around and through a problem, rather than accept it's not solvable." (horseandhound.co.uk, 18 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours In 2013 she received an honorary degree from Bristol University in England in recognition of her services to equestrianism. (gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 19 July 2013)

She was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2013 New Year Honours list. (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Mar 2013)

She was named the 2008 Rider of the Year by British Dressage. (equestrianteamgbr.co.uk, 26 Jun 2008)
Famous relatives Her husband Mark Tomlinson has represented England in polo at the Coronation Cup. Her father Wilfried Bechtolsheimer rode for Great Britain, and her grandfather Karl-Heinz Kipp became a billionaire through his Massa retail business. (horseandhound.co.uk, 26 Jun 2018; thisisbath.co.uk, 04 Mar 2013; horseandhound.co.uk, 15 Aug 2012)
Other information EQUESTRIAN WRITER
She has worked as a columnist for equestrian magazine Horse & Hound. (horseandhound.co.uk, 20 Sep 2018)

SOCIETY WEDDING
She married her husband Mark Tomlinson in the Swiss ski resort of Arosa. The ceremony was attended by the heir to the British throne Prince William, who acted as an usher on the day. Also present were William's wife Kate and his brother Prince Harry. (thisisbath.co.uk, 04 Mar 2013)

FROM GERMANY TO ENGLAND
She was born in Germany but moved to Gloucester, England, as a baby. (telegraph.co.uk, 02 Mar 2013)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-D London (GBR) MISTRAL HOJRIS 3 1
2008 OG-D Hong Kong - The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (CHN) MISTRAL HOJRIS 17 5
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG FS Lexington KY (USA) MISTRAL HOJRIS 2  
2010 6th WEG Lexington KY (USA) MISTRAL HOJRIS 2 2
2006 5th WEG Aachen (GER) DOUGLAS DORSEY 21 6
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 CH-EU Rotterdam (NED) MISTRAL HOJRIS 3 1
2011 CH-EU FS Rotterdam (NED) MISTRAL HOJRIS 4  
2009 CH-EU Windsor (GBR) MISTRAL HOJRIS 3 2
2009 CH-EU FS Windsor (GBR) MISTRAL HOJRIS 4  
2007 CH-EU La Mandria, Torino (ITA) MISTRAL HOJRIS 20 5
2004 CH-EU-Y Aarhus, Vilhelmsborg (DEN) DOUGLAS DORSEY 4 3
2004 CH-EU-Y Aarhus, Vilhelmsborg (DEN) DOUGLAS DORSEY 5 3
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2006 CDI-W Final Amsterdam (NED) DOUGLAS DORSEY 14  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
01.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CDI3* Hickstead (GBR) Int I - Intermediate I UNIQUE 1  
01.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CDI3* Hickstead (GBR) PSG - Prix St-Georges UNIQUE 1  
01.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CDI3* Hickstead (GBR) Int I - Intermediate I POLAR BEAR 5  
01.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CDI3* Hickstead (GBR) PSG - Prix St-Georges POLAR BEAR 10  
17.04.2013 to 21.04.2013 CDI4* Hagen (GER) GP - Grand Prix MISTRAL HOJRIS 1  
17.04.2013 to 21.04.2013 CDI4* Hagen (GER) GPS - Grand Prix Special MISTRAL HOJRIS 1  
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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