Lexington, KY – October 8, 2010 – Todd Flettrich and his grand prix mount Otto were recently a part of the United States Dressage Team that competed during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington, KY. The pair finished with a great score in the FEI Grand Prix and Flettrich left Kentucky happy with his consistent results and a fun experience riding for his country.
Flettrich considers it a great honor to have been a part of the United States Team at this year’s WEG, and believes the competition was a positive stepping stone toward his future goals. Flettrich has made it his main goal to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and feels that his horse and his riding show improvement with each international competition.
During WEG, Flettrich showed first for Team USA on the opening day of dressage competition with his mount Otto, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Cherry Knoll Farm. The pair finished in the 38th position out of the world’s very best horses and riders.
“I think I did well and I played the game, but next time I will be better,” Flettrich stated. “It was an awesome experience. I for sure would have liked my score higher, and of course we have the ability, but it was no else’s fault but my own. I had a great time and my horse performed well for me.”
The stadium filled up with fans on opening day and Flettrich was excited to have family and friends in the home turf crowd. “It feels great when the crowd is cheering for you,” he smiled. “I have friends and family that came all the way from Louisiana and it is awesome to be in your own country. It made me feel good to be cheered on and it makes me feel more confident.”
Now that the dressage competition at WEG has concluded, Flettrich has his sights set further into the future and is prepared to work hard in the next two years to make the U.S. Team for London. He had a great experience riding and showing at WEG and noted that his greatest memories will be of the great camaraderie and friendship that was formed within the team.
“I felt honored to be there and I was very happy to be a part of such a great team,” Flettrich expressed. “The most beautiful thing for me is our friendship and I had a fabulous experience being a part of that. Everything ran very smoothly and I had the time of my life.”
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 previous trainer and teammate Steffen Peters. Flettrich thanks them all for helping to make his dreams of competing at the World Equestrian Games come true.
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.
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