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OttoSport® Systems Lay Foundation for the World Equestrian Games in 2006

Wellington, FL - April 11, 2006 – As the anticipation rises for August 20th, which will kick off the World Equestrian Games held in Aachen, Germany through September 3, 2006, the preparation list is finally coming to an end. Tickets are almost sold out and major television stations have blocked their schedules for airing of the medal ceremonies. Although the list has been long to get to this point, the proper foundation was one of the main concerns in hosting the world’s top horses and riders in seven different equestrian disciplines.

The Ottosport™ Arena Foundation is a small German company that has built a big name in equestrian facilities. Founded by Werner Otto over 23 years ago, his patented OttoSport’s shock absorbing arena foundation is known widely throughout Europe and has been installed in over 4000 rings worldwide.

“When you are inviting the international equestrian elite into the arena, the footing those horses are riding on becomes of utmost importance,” stated Dutchman Tom Agterberg, who has been working with the Ottosport™ Arena Foundation System for years. Agterberg was hired to furnish the dressage arena, as well as the warm up arena, at the 2006 World Equestrian Games with Otto’s patented matting system. Klaus Balkenhol, Coach of the United States Dressage Team, will be hosting the United States team for six to eight weeks prior to the games at his farm, which has an Ottsport™ Arena Foundation System. Balkenhol has been a satisfied customer for over thirteen years.

OttoSport™ has been the footing of choice in many world class venues, from the Rome Equestrian Games, to the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia, the World Cup Finals held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the 2006 World Cup Finals that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The name has become synonymous with high performance and the high standards of some of the most successful and discriminating equestrians.

OttoSport® offers the ultimate in stability, with shock absorption built in. It is the first arena mat engineered specifically for the horse. Each mat consists of 240 “lockout rings” that are wider at the bottom and narrower at the top, enabling the mat to be securely compacted into a drainage rock layer below. Drainage holes allow water to pass through and drain off the crushed rock layer below, and the shifting of the mats themselves prevents the shifting and holes that can occur with conventional foundations. Enough water is retained by the unique reservoirs on the upper surface of the mats to provide consistently moist footing in even the driest weather. In Aachen, it will help absorb even the heaviest rain showers that are typical for the city’s climate.

The experts at OttoSport® research available sand from quarries that are native to the specific climate. Using an array of geotextiles that Ottosport® developed, an arena footing that covers the OttoSport® arena base mats is mixed until the perfect mixture for a ring is created. The right geotextiles, with the most effective sand combinations, creates an exclusive mixture made for individual riding needs, which is then distributed over the mats until the perfect arena is created.

The same process created the footing that top international dressage horses and riders will compete on during the 2006 WEG games. Expert advice on creating the perfect ring will also be available at Otto’s information booth.

“Otto Sport’s reputation in Europe is impeccable,” said Joy Köch owner of ComfortStall® Stable Supply, the holding company responsible for its distribution in the U.S. Köch added “My Company is privileged to carry OttoSport™ Arena Foundation in my stable of products.” Added Köch

ComfortStall® Stable Supply offers products that turn barns and rings into high class facilities for equestrians demanding needs. “We specialize in bringing products that enhance the horses comfort and save you money on your bottom line. As equestrians, we want nothing but the best for our horses,” expressed Koch. “ComfortStall® Stable Supply works hard to bring you cutting edge technologies that are functional, but does not sacrifice design.

For more information on the Ottosport™ Arena System exclusively marketed by ComfortStall® Stable Supply, please visit http://www.comfortstall.com or call 1-888-307-0855.

Photo: Christian Bauer, Joy Koch of ComfortStall® Stable Supply and Werner Otto, founder of OttoSport™ International at the Verona World Cup. Photo Courtesy of ComfortStall® Stable Supply.


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