FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT LAURA
1 Laura married polo player Mark Tomlinson in 2013. Their wedding took place in Switzerland and guests included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
2 She is trained by her father, Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, and Klaus Balkenhol, who won team gold for Germany at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
3 Following a back injury, Laura now has to do a brief warm-up before riding any horses. She does believe, though, that all the rehab has had a long-lasting and positive effect on her as a rider.
4 She admits to being extremely picky about things being symmetrical. For example, the spine of the saddlecloth has to be exactly central and her girth has to be fastened on the same hole on both sides.
5 She says her two children, Annalisa and Wilfred, have given her a real grounding in life.