WELLINGTON, FL – February 21, 2008 – Todd Flettrich, based at Cherry Knoll Farm in Wellington, FL, coached five of his clients at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge, held February 16-17, at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach. The riders competed in classes ranging from USDF Introductory Level through FEI Intermediaire I at the four-ring show.
“The group of people that I have now, all enjoy the journey,” said Flettrich. “They enjoy the process of learning. They get down to the books and just work at it. It’s really nice. They’re serious people. They want to ride, they want to enjoy it, and they have a great time. They are all good students and it’s a pleasure to teach good people.”
Flettrich’s clients at the show included Allyson Rogers of Arlington, TN, riding Routinier and Anthem; Cherry Knoll Farm owner Margaret Duprey aboard Mojito; Michelle Renshaw of Memphis, TN, with Dressed to Thrill; Catherine Malone of Coatesville, PA, riding Viva-ISF and Don Sarok; and Patricia Fannin of Eads, TN, with Fanfare.
Allyson Rogers, a professional trainer based at her Massar Stables in Arlington, TN, previously worked for Olympian Steffen Peters for 10 years. Rogers competed in the FEI Prix St. Georges with Routinier and the FEI Intermediaire I with both Routinier and Anthem, earning solid scores in the 60-percentile, including an impressive 68.250% in the FEI I-I with Routinier. “I’ve known Todd for years. I met him when he would fly out to California with his horses and train with Steffen Peters,” Rogers explained. “Todd really has a gift for teaching. Very few people are as invested in their riders as he is. He really cares and he really, really wants you to improve. That’s rare in this business. Todd has so much insight from his travels and training in Europe, so it’s been great having him here at the show. This is the first show that I’ve been at that I’ve had someone to coach me in a long time and it was wonderful. It was a great experience.”
Margaret Duprey competed Mojito in Tests 1 and 2 of the Open USEF Fourth Level classes, earning solid scores in the 60-percentile. “I’ve been training with Todd for many years and I have certainly learned a lot,” noted Duprey, who accompanied Flettrich to Germany during the fall and summer of 2007 to train with Olympian Hubertus Schmidt. “Each year as Todd learns more he passes it along to me as well as his students, so we all benefit. With Mojito, I’m working towards the Prix St. Georges and I-I, so we’re working on our pirouettes and teaching him to sit and keep the canter going. I’m learning to be more correct in the way I do things. Our best test here was on Sunday. Mojito gave me the best he could do for where we’re at in our training and I was very, very pleased with the way he went.” Duprey was also pleased to note that she had a special spectator this weekend, Dodo Hamilton, her mother. “She hadn’t seen me ride in a long time and she was so impressed by how well I had improved in my riding,” beamed Duprey. “That was very touching. And it’s all due to Todd’s hard work.”
Michele Renshaw brought two young mares to the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge, and competed one of them, Dressed to Thrill, in the USEF Introductory Level B test, earning 67.00% for second place, and also the USEF Training Level Tests 1 and 2 Open. “My experience has been a little bit different because I just sold my I-I horse,” said Renshaw, who is in her second season with Flettrich as her coach in Florida. “This is the first show for both of my mares. Todd helped me deal with the nerves for the mares, how to help them and get them to understand what the whole show experience is about. He also helped to keep me calm so I didn’t react to their reactions.” Commenting on her debut performances with Dressed to Thrill, Renshaw said, “We did well. We had two nice tests yesterday and a nice one this morning. I was very happy with all of it. Todd has really helped me teach them how to balance. I haven’t had young horses before, so I’m a little in the dark on it. Todd’s been wonderful helping me get them to sit down a little bit and get the balance in the warm-up and carry that into the test. It’s been really nice, and Todd’s been very helpful. Every minute’s been worth it.”
Catherine Malone brought home good ribbons from the show for both of her rides. Aboard Viva-ISF in USEF Second Level Test 4, Malone earned third place. Riding Don Sarok in the FEI Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur class, Malone earned an impressive 68.00% for third place.
Patricia Fannin claimed three good ribbons. On opening day of the show, riding Fanfare in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1 AA/JR/YR, Fannin earned fifth place, and in the USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice Open, notched fourth place. Wrapping up the show on Sunday, Fannin rode Fanfare in the USEF Fourth Level Test 2 Open class, and also contested the USEF Fourth Level Test 3 Open, AA/JR/YR earning third place.
PHOTO CAPTION: Michele Renshaw, Todd Flettrich, Margaret Duprey, and Allyson Rogers at the Wellington Classic Spring Challenge. PHOTO CREDIT: Mary Hilton/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release.
PHOTO CAPTION: Catherine Malone and Don Sarok competing in the FEI Prix St. Georges at Wellington Classic Spring Challenge. PHOTO CREDIT: Susan J. Stickle. This photo may be used only in relation to this press release.
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. Sammis trained with Flettrich during the past two seasons in Florida, including the qualifiers for the 2007 Pan American Games Selection Trials; she was named to the U.S. team for Brazil where she earned a Team Gold Medal and Individual Silver Medal. Flettrich is currently accepting a limited number of clients in Florida for the 2008 season. For more information, call Todd Flettrich at 484-459-2749.