Laura has eight horses on the “sports yard”.

In addition, there are the OAPs — Don Davidoff, Placido and Laura’s retired eventer Billy — and four broodmares. Of the youngstock — three foals, two yearlings and two two-year-olds — two are by Vivaldi, one by United and the rest are by Laura’s former grand prix ride Polarion.

One broodmare is in-foal to Bordeaux and two to Polarion, who stood for a while at a Trakehner stud in Germany, but is back now.

Dr Bechtolsheimer recently purchased a 2½-year-old by Polarion at the Trakehner grading.

“He looked like he would win the grading but got tense,” he explains.

“He will stand in Germany and is being prepared for his 30-day performance testing [a suitability test for breeding-stallions].”

Mistral Hojris

(below)
Stable name: Alf
Date of birth: 1995
Sex: gelding
Breed: Danish warmblood
Sire: Michellino
Dam: Virginia
Damsire: Ibsen

Andretti H


Stable name: Andy
Date of birth: 1995
Sex: gelding
Breed: Hanoverian
Sire: Aarking
Dam: Cerrin
Damsire: Cavalier

Polar Bear

(below)
Stable name: Teddy
Date of birth: 2004
Sex: gelding
Breed: Oldenburg (home-bred)
Sire: Polarion
Dam: Utima
Damsire: Landadel

Unique


Stable name: Minnie
Date of birth: 2004
Sex: mare
Breed: Holsteiner
Sire: Carpaccio
Dam: Grana
Damsire: Lord

Kristjan


Stable name: Kristjan
Date of birth: 2005
Sex: gelding
Breed: Oldenburg (home-bred)
Sire: Polarion
Dam: Kardinale
Damsire: Napoleon Quatre

Pamina

(below)
Stable name: Pammy
Date of birth: 2006
Sex: mare
Breed: Oldenburg (home-bred)
Sire: Polarion
Dam: Utima
Damsire: Landadel

Rubin Al Asad


Stable name: Rufus
Date of birth: 2002
Sex: gelding
Breed: Hanoverian
Sire: Rubin Royal
Dam: Wandergirl
Damsire: Wanderbursch II

Unnamed


Stable name: Tigger
Date of birth: 2008
Sex: gelding
Breed: Hanoverian
Sire: For Compliment
Dam: Antonia
Damsire: Royal Dance

To read the full interview with Laura Bechtolsheimer about life after the Games, her polo playing finace Mark Tomlinson and Mistral Hojris, see the current issue of H&H (13 December 2012)

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