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Everybody loves both Andretti & especially Alf, the beautiful chestnut gelding and he is just the nicest type of horse. Laura works hard to accomplish the tricky new moves in her new Kur. You learn how a rider and a musician collaborate, Cees Slings is of course world renowned especially for his role in developing Kurs for Anky. I especially liked the diplomatic fine line that Cees managed to walk between father and daughter. Laura is funny and engaging, saying she may' throw a tantrum' and laughing at herself but still getting a good balance of her ideas, Cees and her father's for the Kur. If you have never worked n putting one together, you will find this helpful. lot of trust and colaboration and repeat riding of the design is required. Some great input all around from the wonderful Klaus and great advice in gymastic physio for your advanced horse, the finished horse Alf is certainly put to the test. The warm up at Hickstead is not a fancy environment and it is fun to see Totilas and Gal by timing good fortune, at the same time. The addition at the end of the Hickstead tour, of the instruction from Grand Prix rider Carl Guypers, a great rider in his own right and showcased on her 'Teddy' in another video, is a very good reminder to everyone that fitting a double bridle requires knowledge and that riding in one does also. The horse model is Dorsey, the sire of Teddy and Laura's mastermind horse that saw her through the young riders. A fitting end to the video. Pardon the pun.
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Laura Bechtolsheimer and her Grand Prix Horses is a privileged insight into Laura’s training at home with two Grand Prix horses, Mistral Hojris and Andretti H. Working with her father and trainer, Dr. B, we also watch as Laura develops her new Kur and the finished item is excellent viewing. She rides it for the first time at the Hickstead Dressage Master ’09.
This DVD is broken down into the following chapters:
• Working Andretti with Dr. B – Dr. B works with Laura and Andy (Andretti) on staying happy, athletic and precise between competitions. Andy is tricky in the contact so Laura works on softness in the basic and advanced moves, without putting him under pressure.
• Making Laura’s new Kur – Laura enlists the help of dressage music expert Cees Slings ( Cees Slings also did Anky von Grunsven's freestyle music), to make a new Kur for Mistral Hojris (Alf), who is not keen on music! They work on the choreography on computer and then work under saddle in preparation for composing the music.
• Premiere of the New Kur! – Laura premieres her new Kur at the Hickstead Dressage Masters ’09. We interview Laura, talk to trainer Klaus Balkenhol, watch the warm up (Laura works alongside Edward Gal and Totilas) and see Laura’s test.
• How to Fit a Double Bridle – Grand Prix dressage rider Carl Cuypers provides a super clear explanation of this tricky art. Douglas Dorsey, the horse that put Laura Bechtolsheimer on the map is the perfect model.
• How to Hold a Double Bridle – Laura demonstrates how to hold double reins on Alf. She talks about the need for gradual familiarization and offers advice on improving rein control.
Laura Bechtolsheimer was the youngest rider to win the National Championships and to represent Great Britain in dressage. She made her Olympic debut in 2008, and in 2009 won Team Silver and Individual Bronze at the FEI European Championships at Windsor setting a new Great Britain record. In 2010, she won three Silver Medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, including Team Silver. In 2011 she won a Team Gold Medal at the FEI European Championships at Rotterdam and in 2012 Olympic Gold Team on her home turf.
60 mins. NTSC North American Format
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