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Todd and Otto at Gladstone Selection Trials by Sue Stickle

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Todd Flettrich Earns a Spot on the U.S. Dressage Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: Todd Flettrich
Release Date: 2010-08-18

Wellington, FL – August 18, 2010 –Todd Flettrich and his grand prix mount Otto were recently named to the United States Dressage Team that will compete this fall at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). Following a fantastic two weekends of competition at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, Flettrich and Otto finished in second place in the grand prix championships, which were also held as the Team’s final Selection Trials.

Competing at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, Flettrich and Otto placed third in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special on the first weekend of competition, held August 7th and 8th. The pair performed consistently, earning an overall 71.404% in the Grand Prix and a 69.917% in the Special.

On the final weekend of competition, Flettrich and Otto stepped up the competition and moved into second place in the overall standings. The duo showed in the Grand Prix on August 13th and scored a 69.787% to finish in second place and then went on to the Freestyle on August 15th to earn an impressive 75.600% for another second place finish.

Otto is a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Margaret Duprey and Cherry Knoll Farm. Flettrich and Otto have been very successful throughout the year competing in the United States, and recently had the opportunity to gain exposure on the world stage competing at CHIO Aachen in preparation for the Selection Trials.

Flettrich was very pleased with the competition in Gladstone and is excited for the chance to compete as a part of the U.S. Team. “I felt that I was very consistent from the first day of competition through the last day of competition,” Flettrich stated. “Each test had its own little issues, but I did think that Otto really felt his best on Sunday in the Freestyle. Coming in to the Trials he was not his normal exuberant self, but he felt great by Sunday. On Sunday his piaffe and passage were the best that I had over all four days of competition. I had a mistake in the trot half-pass in the Freestyle where Otto cantered. I think that it was a communication issue and it was truly an accident. Other than that I thought that he was really clean through the whole test.”

“I was probably the most nervous on Sunday out of all the days of competition because I really did not want to let Margaret down,” Flettrich acknowledged. “We have put so much effort into this and I really wanted to make sure that I did my best.”

Otto will now have a few days off before starting back into light work. Flettrich also plans to organize his life before heading back to work with the Team in September. “We are scheduled to go back to the Team on September 4th, but I will probably go a little earlier to get Otto settled. I would like to spend some time working with Marlene Whitaker, who is my freestyle choreographer, and I also feel like I need to stay in connection with Anne and keep working with her and my other trainers in the time before WEG.”

Flettrich has a great support team that has been cheering him on all year long, including his partner Aaron Coen, Cherry Knoll Farm owner Margaret Duprey, U.S. Dressage Team Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons, trainers Hubertus Schmidt and Oded Shimoni, and rider and previous trainer Steffen Peters.

“I would love to thank Margaret, because I would not be here if it was not for Margaret giving me the opportunity. Otto did it, and she gave me that opportunity,” Flettrich expressed. “I know that Margaret is as proud as I am and I am very grateful to her.”

“Oded Shimoni has been a trainer of mine and also a friend for many years, and I would like to thank him as well,” Flettrich continued. “It has been a group effort with people like Oded and Hubertus Schmidt and most recently Anne Gribbons. My rapport with Anne has gotten better as she has gotten to know me this year and I am grateful for that relationship. I would also like to thank Heather Blitz and I hope that we make her proud.”

Equally proud of Flettrich and Otto’s efforts is owner Margaret Duprey. Duprey has watched the pair work together for the past year, perfecting their skills and working towards their goals. “It has always been a lifelong dream of mine to represent the United States in equestrian sport and here my dream is finally coming to fruition,” Duprey smiled. “I am cautiously optimistic; I want to take it day to day, because anything can happen with animals, but I am just thrilled.”

“I am ecstatic to see how well Todd progressed over the two weekends,” Duprey added. “I have always had faith in him and I would think nothing less. I am like a little kid in a candy store right now. All of the hard work, sweat and tears are finally starting to pay off. It is exciting and I am just a very proud owner.”

Otto and Flettrich now have a busy few weeks ahead as the Team prepares for the big event. The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Lexington, KY, at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park on September 25-October 10, 2010.

Todd Flettrich is based in Wellington, FL, has earned his USDF Silver and Gold Medals, and is a graduate of the USDF ‘L’ Judge Program. Flettrich competed at the North American Young Riders Championships (NAYRC) four times and won the Individual Gold Medal and Team Silver in 1991. Flettrich served as Region 1 Coach and Chef d’Equipe at NAYRC from 1988 through 1994. His student Catherine Malone won the Individual Gold in 2005. Flettrich’s current mounts are owned by Cherry Knoll Farm. For more information, call Todd Flettrich at 484-459-2749.

Photo Credit: Todd Flettrich and Otto competing at the Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™. Photo © 2010 Susan J. Stickle. Photograph may be used free of charge only in relation to this PMG press release.


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