Paderborn, GER - June 23, 2009 - Margaret Duprey and dressage trainer Todd Flettrich arrived in Germany during the first week of June and have begun training with Olympic Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt at his Paderborn farm. Flettrich is in Germany with three horses, Amadeus, Danseur, and Otto, all owned by Duprey's Cherry Knoll Farm of Wellington, FL, and West Grove, PA, and Duprey traveled with her own two horses, Sopranos and Mojito. Flettrich will begin showing nationally in July, while Duprey and her newest horse Sopranos had their first competition at Schmidt's farm this weekend, and did very well in their Prix St. Georges test.
"The test was good; there were some very good moments," Duprey stated. "I got my changes and my trot work was very good, so I was really pleased with the way it went. This is only the second time that I have shown this horse and we are not at home in our backyard, we are over here on the other side of the world, so I was very happy."
Flettrich was very happy with Duprey's test, and acknowledged how well she and Sopranos have done since arriving in Germany. "They did fabulous," he praised. "Sopranos is a lovely mover and he really fills up the arena. There were a few mistakes, but overall it was a very nice test. I think that Margaret has really been working hard and improving since she got here. Being surrounded by Hubertus and the other great riders here raises your standards."
"Hubertus is just helping me improve my riding and it is hard to put into words what he has been doing for me," Duprey said. "Sometimes Hubertus says things in a different manner and I just get it, it just sinks in differently. Other times there are things that Hubertus says that Todd helps me understand better, so having the two of them is great."
Duprey explained that even though this was a small national show for Germany, it was much bigger than most of the shows that she has done in the United States. "There were a lot more spectators; it is attended by the community and lots of people in the area. It was a Sunday afternoon and everybody had been to church. They came out to support the show and there were people watching the jumping as well as the dressage," she explained. "It was entirely different. For me, this was the first time that I have done what I considered an international show; it wasn't an FEI or CDI show, but going and having a lot of spectators was exciting. It was kind of special. People were just standing around watching and talking and enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon. People take a lot more interest here and they are enthusiastic for each rider, no matter if you are good, bad or indifferent, you still get applauded."
Duprey also feels that the Germans have a more laid back attitude. "Their attitude is 'just go do it and just have fun', so I went and I did it and I had fun," she laughed. "I am really enjoying myself here. We have five horses here, the three of us, and three dogs, so there is always something going on and something to do. We are very busy, but we are having a great time."
Todd Flettrich and Margaret Duprey will be in Germany through July and August and will continue to train with Schmidt at his farm in Paderborn. Flettrich hopes to begin showing nationally by the beginning of July.
About 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.