Wellington, FL (November 20, 2017) – Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Endel Ots has the secret sauce when it comes to bringing along young dressage prospects, and an undeniable talent for producing horses capable of competing in the international arena. Not only is Ots a star in the saddle; he is a skilled, sought-after clinician as well, who is equally passionate about sharing his knowledge and strategies for success with ambitious, hard working riders.
Denver rider, Layne Stowell, brought her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Rolex Tyme to train with Ots at his two-day clinic at Reverie Farms in Longmont, Colorado. Not only did the pair make big strides toward their ultimate goal of competing at the Grand Prix level, Stowell was selected by Ots as The Most Improved Rider and was honored by Choice of Champions with a certificate for a special Choice of Champions Prize Pack.
“She had a wonderful connection with her gelding and it was very evident in her riding,” remarked Ots, describing Stowell and her 13-year-old partner. “We worked on closing him up and taking smaller steps in the canter and passage.”
Riders who train with Ots invariably walk away with a wealth of knowledge and brimming with positive things to say about the Florida-based professional. “This is my first time working with Endel,” Stowell from Denver, Colorado explained. “I watched him in a demonstration ride at The World Cup and had always wanted to ride with him. The timing was perfect to attend the clinic at Reverie Farms, and it will definitely not be the last time that I ride with him.”
Reverie Farms owner Nancy Davis and her daughter, Gaylen, who will graduate from high school a semester early and move to Florida to train with Ots, also rode in the clinic. Confirming Ots’ obvious gifts both in and out of the saddle, Davis said, “Endel is just so brilliant with the horses; he gets what’s happening with the horse at any given moment and then he really makes you “up” your game. I rode with him on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday my horse felt better than he ever had to me. I felt like we had taken six months of lessons literally over night.”
Stowell echoed Davis’ thoughts on the remarkable change she experienced in her horse after just two days of lessons. Having competed through Intermediaire II and now currently schooling all of the Grand Prix movements, Stowell and Rolex (Rosario x Landfriese) quite clearly benefitted from following the Ots system for success, which includes superior horsemanship, a solid educational foundation, and simply good riding.
“Ots is obviously a very knowledgeable trainer,” Stowell confirmed. “Rolex can get a little bit excited, especially in the transtion from passage to piaffe, and Endel helped me work through that in a really positive manner. We can get overwhelmed sometimes, but he helped us in those worried moments in such a correct but peaceful way that offered Rolex and I clarity. We got through some hard stuff and had incredible quality on the other side of it without all the extra drama.”
Sewell also commented on Ots’ patience and precision when working with both horse and rider, saying, “Less is more, and timing is everything. I have to say that the two days I rode with Endel were some of the best rides I have ever had on my horse. Rolex and I left feeling very confident and excited for the future, so the Most Improved Rider Award was just a nice bit of icing on top. I felt very honored. It was fun for me, and I appreciate it.”
Ots had a banner year in 2017, traveling back and forth from the United States to the Europe to coach and train riders and horses. Recently Ots’ seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lucky Strike (Lord Laurie x His Highness) won Reserve Champion in the Developing Prix St. Georges at the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Dressage Horse National Championships with Ots at the helm. This success extended an already notable show record, as they also qualified for these championships in 2015 and 2016, along with the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany. Ots is now looking forward to the 2018 Small Tour CDI season in Wellington, Florida.
Originally from De Pere Wisconsin, Ots worked in the Chicago area for eight years before accepting a training opportunity with Hubertus Schmidt in Germany. From there he went to Wellington, Florida and studied under Lars Petersen, yet another esteemed trainer who had a great impact on the young trainer’s future and success in the arena. In 2011, Ots was alternate for the Pan American Gold Medal Team for the United States. Ots currently operates Ots Dressage, his own training and sales business, in the exclusive Grand Prix Village of Wellington.