Popular British dressage horse Mistral Højris is to be honored in a retirement ceremony during Olympia, the London International Horse Show.
Ridden by Laura Tomlinson (née Bechtolsheimer) to team gold and individual bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mistral Højris – more fondly known as Alf – will be honored during a special moment in the evening programme on Tuesday, December 17.
The 18-year-old gelding is owned by Tomlinson and her parents, Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer.
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 (Italy), 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 most recently their Olympic success.
“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,” Tomlinson said.
Alf’s retirement at Olympia 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 start at £35. See www.olympiahorseshow.com or call the box office on 0871 230 5580 for more information.
Steve Guerdat’s Jalisca Solier to be farewelled
Steve Guerdat’s 2009 European team Champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jalisca Solier is to be retired during the next Concours Hippique International de Genève in December.
She will be honored in the arena where she received her greatest ovations, particularly after her victories in the Rolex FEI Grand Prix 2006, in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in April 2010 and in the World Top 10 Final in December 2010.
The 16-year-old selle français mare was again a winner this summer in Chantilly.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday evening, December 14, at the end of the 3rd Champions Challenge, presented by Rolex, which the combination may start in: “If she is in shape and has the possibility to shine,” Guerdat said. He will ride his Olympic champion Nino des Buissonnets in Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix.