Dressage owners honoured

By: Horse Deals

Dressage owners honoured
Dr Wilfried and Mrs Ursula Bechtolsheimer accept the BD Owners' Award. From L to R: Jeremy Lawton from Shearwater Insurance, Dr Bechtolsheimer, Mrs Bechtolsheimer,. Susan Lawton and BD chairman Jennie Loriston-Clarke
More than 340 guests attended the British Dressage Supporters Club annual awards and fundraising ball at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London, which also featured the inaugural BD Owners’ Awards.

These awards (supported by Shearwater Insurance) were presented in two categories. The first to the owners of the horse which has made the greatest contribution to dressage in 2009, and the second to the owners of the horse with the highest percentage at the 2009 Area Festival finals.

Dr and Mrs Wilfried Bechtolsheimer accepted the owners’ award for Mistral Horjis. The 15-year-old Danish gelding, co-owned and ridden by daughter Laura, competed in seven international shows in 2009, including the European Championships at Windsor. He won six international classes in 2009, was never placed lower than fourth. He had 12 international results over 75% and 3 over 80%.

Laura Wood who with her mare Loranta achieved 72.27% at the prelim Area Festival final, received the second owners' award.
"It was complete surprise!" said 28-year-old Laura. "It is so great though to be recognised for competing at the lower levels and hopefully this award will encourage other people to get involved and start competing."

Loranta is a six-year-old 16hh bay mare who Laura keeps at livery at Osbaldeston EC. In Lancashire. The combination has qualified for the novice restricted winter regionals.