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Todd Flettrich and Otto Make Their Musical Freestyle Debut Under the Lights
at Dressage at Devon
Todd Flettrich did very well with Cherry Knoll Farm's Otto in the FEI Grand
Prix Freestyle and FEI Grand Prix de Dressage CDIW classes at this weekend's
Dressage at Devon. Photo (c) 2009 Susan J. Stickle.
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Devon, PA - October 1, 2009 - Dressage trainer Todd Flettrich and his mount
Otto, had a very successful weekend competing at Dressage at Devon, the
world-renowned competition held each year at the Devon show grounds in
Pennsylvania. This year's competition was held September 22-27, 2009, and
Flettrich and Otto showed in the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage and FEI Grand
Prix Freestyle CDIW classes, which were held Friday and Saturday evenings
under the lights in the famous Dixon Oval. Otto is owned by Cherry Knoll
Farm, located in West Grove, PA, not far from Devon.
Todd Flettrich and Otto began their competition at Devon by earning the
third place honors in Friday night's FEI Grand Prix de Dressage with a score
of 65.830%. The pair earned an impressive 69% from the judge at 'M' and
received very complimentary comments across the board. The weekend's judges
included Leyman, Ernes, Zang, Gribbons, and Hess.
Flettrich explained that he and Otto had a bobble in the one tempis during
their Grand Prix test and said that the halt rein back was not good, but he
was very pleased with the performance overall. "When we I came into the
arena I thought we were going to have a super ride, unfortunately I lost the
connection and tension in the halt rein back," Flettrich stated. "There was
a nice sized crowd in the stands and this was our first time competing
together in a bigger atmosphere at night under the lights, so although Otto
got a little distracted by the environment, I was very happy with the ride
On Saturday evening Flettrich and Otto made their musical freestyle debut in
the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class. The pair came in fifth place for their
performance, receiving a 68.500% overall, and acquiring three individual
high scores of 69% from the judges at 'E,' 'H,' and 'M.'
Flettrich and Otto performed their musical freestyle to New Orleans jazz
themed music including the upbeat music of 'When the Saint Go Marching In.'
The freestyle was originally choreographed for Flettrich and his mount
Amadeus, also owned by Cherry Knoll Farm. Flettrich and Otto are currently
working on a brand new freestyle piece, but chose to go with the more
familiar choreography this weekend.
"It is one of my favorite freestyles and it is really a crowd pleaser,"
Flettrich smiled. "One of my favorite parts of the performance is the piaffe
pirouette to the extended trot down the centerline for the finish. I really
enjoy the first song as well when I am walking and then I trot into the
arena to 'When the Saints Go Marching In.' That gives me goose bumps every
time and I am originally from New Orleans, so it really reminds me of home."
Flettrich noted that two of the judges thought that they may have had a
little too much tension during the freestyle, but explained that their
comments overall were very good. "In general I think that this was the best
fifth place ribbon that I have ever received and I got many compliments,"
Flettrich stated. "I felt that the piaffe and passage were spectacular, and
there were a few small mistakes, but the judges were all very
"On Saturday night especially we had a very nice crowd and Otto was very
excited with the music and the atmosphere," Flettrich continued. "Throughout
my ride I had many applause, which was much appreciated, although it added
to the tension. Otto kept coming back to me with no problem at all and I
think that he truly is a performer. He will absolutely do very well with the
freestyles in the future."
Flettrich will now spend the fall training and preparing to compete through
the winter show season in Wellington.
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.