Heather Blitz Announces Sale of Otto to Todd Flettrich

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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.