Laura Tomlinson’s Dressage Superstar ‘Alf’ to Say Farewell at This Year’s Olympia

18 November 2013 – Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) will pay tribute to her long-standing dressage partner, Mistral Højris – more fondly known as Alf – during a special moment in the evening programme on Tuesday 17 December 2013 to celebrate the superstar’s retirement.

Tomlinson and Alf have been instrumental in helping to define modern British dressage. The formidable duo broke on to the international dressage circuit in staggering style in 2005, and they have arguably been responsible for the dominant position that the sport finds itself in today in Great Britain.

Tomlinson and Alf’s medal haul began at the 2005 FEI European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders in Barzago (ITA), from which they can boast team silver and individual bronze medals. The pair’s most notable achievements include team silver and individual bronze at the FEI European Championships in Windsor (UK) in 2009; three silver medals at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Kentucky (USA); team gold and individual bronze at the 2011 FEI European Championships in Rotterdam (NED); and of course, most recently team gold and individual bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On her 18-year-old gelding that she owns with her parents, Wilfried and Ursula, Tomlinson commented, “Alf has given me and my family so much joy over the years, especially on the four occasions that we’ve competed together at Olympia, and in my eyes he’s more than earned his retirement.”

Alf’s retirement at Olympia, The London International Horse Show will mark the end of a highly successful eight year partnership; a partnership which has captured the hearts of dressage supporters worldwide, and one that has taken British dressage to a whole new level.

The programme on Tuesday 17 December will also feature the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Leg (Freestyle to Music) supported by Horse & Hound.

Tickets for Olympia, The International Horse Show start at £35 each and discounts for groups, children and concessions apply for certain performances. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the website at or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For further information please contact:
Tim Welland
Tel: +44(0)207 592 1207

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