It is with the greatest sadness that we heard today of the passing of Dr Wilfried Otto Bechtolsheimer who passed yesterday, 8th April 2020.
Writing on her Facebook Page, Laura Bechtolsheimer Dressage, his daughter Laura Tomlinson wrote:
“We see the sun slowly setting, and we are still surprised when it is suddenly dark.”
It is with great sadness and profound regret that we say goodbye to our husband, father, grandfather, trainer, mentor and friend.
Dr. Wilfried Otto Bechtolsheimer 14th October 1948 – 8th April 2020
He is survived by his wife Ursula Laura; his children Felix with wife Geraldine, Götz with wife Alida, Till with wife Julia and Laura with husband Mark; and grandchildren Annalisa, Amélie, Wilfred, Lukas and Hanni.
His deep passion for our sport and his love of all creatures, but horses in particular, were at the heart of his artful horsemanship which touched so many of us and will continue to inspire.
An intimate funeral for the family will be held on Saturday 11th April at 11am in Ascona, Switzerland. Details for a memorial service in his beloved Gloucestershire will be announced later in the year.
Rest in peace, Dr B.