Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer has stepped down as a director of British Dressage to spend more time training his daughter, Laura.

Laura’s in-house trainer of four years, Markus Gribbe, left the Bechtolsheimers for pastures new on 12 March.

“I was very much looking forward to getting involved in supporting the board and giving input from an international competitor’s point of view,” said former rider Dr Bechtolsheimer, who was co-opted onto the British Dressage board last June based on his knowledge and experience on international dressage.

“Since Markus has left, I have stepped in to help Laura with her training again and that takes up most of my free time.”

Dr Bechtolsheimer will remain director of British Dressage until the organisation’s AGM on 6 June. Once a new chairman is elected, decisions will be taken on a future president.

BD chief executive David Holmes commented: “We are very grateful for the time and energy Dr Bechtolsheimer has contributed over the past year, his presence will be missed but we understand his need to help Laura.”