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DVD Training with Laura Bechtolsheimer The Baby and the Finished Horse

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DVD Training with Laura Bechtolsheimer The Baby and the Finished Horse

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  • Starting the 4 year old dressage horse.

  • An early ridden session.

  • Laura's lesson on Mistral Hojris with Klaus Balkenhol.



The youngest rider to win the National Championships and to represent Great Britain in dressage, Laura Bechtolsheimer made her Olympic debut in 2008. In 2009 she won team and individual medals at the European Championships. In 2011 she was a member of the first ever British team to win a gold medal at the European Championships in Rotterdam and also won an individual bronze medal in the Grand Prix Special.

In this DVD Laura Bechtolsheimer takes us from one end of the training spectrum to the other. Working with her 4 year old, Stepdance (Step), she demonstrates the focus of training in the very early days. Laura then showcases her Grand Prix horse and Olympic partner, Mistral Hojris (Alf), who is at the top of his game.

Chapters include:
  • Introduction
  • Laura starts the four year old Stepdance: Using simple and unusual equipment, Laura lunges Stepdance (Step) in preparation for riding. She emphasises the use of body language and the need to move with the horse.
  • An early ridden session: The aim is harmony and balance to achieve the right rhythm and speed. "The co-operation of a happy baby is a pre-requisite for creating a beautiful Grand Prix horse", says Dr. Bechtolsheimer, Laura's father and trainer.
  • Laura's lesson on Mistral Hojris with Klaus Balkenhol: Here's the finished horse, Laura's Olympic partner, Mistral Hojril (Alf). The theme is self-carriage, suppleness and expression. Alf is pure poetry to watch!
  • Laura talks about Step and Alf: Find out about the characters and conformation of both Step and Alf and what Laura loves most about them.
  • Laura rides at the Nationals: Laura competes at the British National Championships 2008 with another Grand Prix horse Andretti H. We follow Laura through the competition including the warm up and the tests.
Running time approx 60 mins 
Also compatible with American / Canadian DVD players

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