Esbjerg, Denmark. December 4, 2008. - Otto, the mount of U.S. dressage rider, Heather Blitz has been sold to Todd Flettrich and will be based at Flettrich's training barn in Wilmington, DE.
Blitz, 39, who has been based in Denmark at Ove Mortenson's barn with his 12 year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Otto, (Rambo x Rampal) for the past two years, took over the ride in 2004 from Mimi Shows when Otto was eight year's old and competing him at second level. Mortenson of O.R.M. Holding of Denmark bought Otto from Shows while Blitz was riding him inLouisiana and the pair moved to Denmarkto develop his career at Grand prix level.
"I have had 4 incredible years of learning and working with Otto forming an unusually special partnership. It's very sad to part ways with him now. We have both learned loads from each other and our teamwork really showed. How I evaluate horses is now always based on my appreciation of Otto and his qualities. I can only hope to find another horse which whom I can click as well, and also admire every minute of every day," said Blitz.
Heather and Otto have successfully competed at Grand Prix level throughout Europeimpressing the judges wherever they went. In Mondorf CDI show in Luxembourg this fall, the pair finished third in the Grand Prix on a score of 70.48%, beating German Olympic gold medallist, Isabell Werth, riding Warum Nicht. Heather's score was a personal best with Otto and set them up for a fifth pace finish in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 71.20%. The combination also competed against Europe's elite riders in Odense, Oldenburg and Stuttgartthis fall.