Dressage rider Laura Bechtolsheimer is to star in the BBC’s British Olympic Dreams — on BBC1 this weekend.

The programme focuses on British athletes in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Following on from the programme that featured event rider Piggy French (14 May), BBC journalist Ollie Williams goes behind the scenes with Laura at her Gloucestershire yard, working out what makes her tick and meeting Mistral Hojris (Alf).

He also visits Germany to meet Laura’s main rivals — Totilas and Matthias Rath.

The programme airs at 1.15pm on Saturday (18 June).

“Laura was a great candidate for the programme — she’s one of the finest dressage riders in the world and one of Britian’s top prospects to secure a medal,” Ollie told H&H.

“We spent a day filming at her yard – meeting her horses and family and learning how Laura and Alf grew up together and formed such a great partnership. And how’s she’s preparing for the London 2012.

“For the second part of the programme we went to Germany and met Totilas and Matthias Rath — who Laura used to go out with. So that is especially interesting — competing against her ex-boyfriend who’s riding the best — and most expensive — horse in the world.”

British Olympic Dreams will also be available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after it is aired.