Dressage rider Laura Tomlinson has added an exciting young horse to her string (pictured).

Dolcevende O (Dotty) is a bay 6-year-old mare by the Lord Sinclair son Lord Loxley out of a mare by Jazz. She was imported a month ago from the Netherlands by the Bechtolsheimers and has settled in well at their Gloucestershire base.

“I tried her a couple of times and loved her active hindleg and responsiveness to the way I work,” Laura told H&H.

“She has 3 beautiful paces and the rest is up to us to teach her!”

As Laura is due to give birth to her first child — a daughter — in a month’s time, her stable jockey Lara Griffith, herself now a successful grand prix rider, will train the mare her until Laura starts riding again.

“Lara will work on the basics to build up some muscle until I’m back in the saddle and can get stuck in,” said Laura.

Laura is best know for her relationship with the magnificent Mistral Hojris (Alf) and her upcoming stars Unique VIII and Polar Bear — all of whom are at least 17.2hh.

“Dotty is smaller — about 16.2hh — and finer than my usual rides,” she added.