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Dressage Trainer Todd Flettrich Departs for 2009 European Summer Tour

Wellington, FL - June 5, 2009 - Dressage trainer Todd Flettrich recently departed for a European summer tour to train in Germany with Olympic gold medalist Hubertus Schmidt. Schmidt has coached Flettrich regularly for the past two years, and Flettrich will use the 2009 summer to train and show Grand Prix horses Danseur, Otto, and Amadeus in preparation for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky.

Flettrich left for Paderborn, Germany, on June 3, 2009, along with long-time student, Margaret Duprey, owner of Cherry Knoll Farm. Margaret Duprey owns all three of Flettrich's horses and will also be traveling with her own two mounts, Sopranos and Mojito. Another long-time student of Flettrich, Catherine Malone, will bring several horses for training as well.

Flettrich has his sights set on bringing the horses back from Europe to compete successfully on the Florida circuit next winter and felt that he needed more concentrated training and support in order to make sure that happens.

"The most important thing for me is just to get in the ring with all of the horses and get them experience," Flettrich recognized. "Our goal is to be ready for Florida next year and to have enough experience behind us that we can do well."

Flettrich has set goals for each of the horses as they depart for the summer and begin training with Schmidt.

Amadeus is a 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that Flettrich has done very well with in the Grand Prix ring over the past four years. Since he has been riding Amadeus the longest out of the three horses, Flettrich hopes to work on the horse's consistency in the ring while training with Schmidt.

Otto, another 12-year-old Danish gelding, is a veteran Grand Prix horse, but is a new mount for Flettrich that Cherry Knoll Farm acquired in December 2008. "He is a grand prix horse with experience, but not with me," Flettrich explained. "We just got him and he is a super horse and he is well trained, but I am very different from his other rider. We have to get to know each other and form a partnership."

Flettrich's third mount, Danseur, is a nine-year-old gelding that will be making his Grand Prix debut this year. "He has not shown before on the Grand Prix level, so I have to make sure we can perform what we do at home and bring it to the arena," Flettrich said.

Duprey will be bringing 11-year-old Mojito and eight-year-oldSopranos to Germany and has similar goals for her horses. "Sopranos has the grand prix movements, but he is a young horse, so I will work with Todd and Hubertus in pulling it all together for the test," Duprey explained. "I have had Mojito for almost four years, and I just moved him up to Prix St. Georges, so there is definitely room for improvement with him as well. I am always trying to just inch up the improvement goal."

Flettrich and Duprey will train in Germany for the summer and hope to begin competing soon after their arrival in order to get the full experience of international competition during their stay.

Photo Credit: Dressage trainer Todd Flettrich (pictured with Amadeus) will train with Olympic gold medalist Hubertus Schmidt in Germany for the summer along with Cherry Knoll Farm owner Margaret Duprey. Photo by: Susan J. Stickle Photography. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

Todd Flettrich:

Todd Flettrich, based in Wellington, FL, and Coatesville, PA, 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 has also previously coached professionals including Silke Rembacz and Lauren Sammis. Flettrich's current mounts are owned by Cherry Knoll Farm. For more information, call Todd Flettrich at 484-459-2749.


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