Endel Ots Clinic at Pine Hill: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Riders Today
Wellington, FL (April 3, 2013) – “The first day, he was having lots of trouble just navigating his horse around the arena at the walk. By the last day, he was able to walk, trot, and canter his horse, on the bit, around the arena, with no problems,” said Endel Ots, of Lionshare Dressage, referring to the transformation in control and confidence one 13-year-old rider experienced during the clinic, March 23-24, at Pine Hill Farm in Wellington, Florida.
Ots has been presenting clinics nationwide and through this partnership with Schneiders Saddlery, riders who clinic with Ots also get the chance to win an item from Schneiders’ innovative line of bridles. Throughout the last year of this clinic tour, Ots has been awarding Schneider’s bridles to clinic participants, particularly those he considers “most improved” between the start and finish of these condensed training programs.
At Pine Hill Farm, that distinction went to 13-year-old Nathan Westfall, who came to the clinic with Lepton, a four-year-old gelding by Londonderry. Westfall’s ‘before’ and ‘after’ progress at the dressage clinic could not fail to impress the former Pan American Games U.S. Dressage squad alternate.
“Nathan was a kid riding a huge gelding and did a super job for being so small and young,” said Ots. After the clinic, Ots presented Westfall with his well-earned new Schneiders dressage bridle, giving the young gentleman rider two things in common with the internationally acclaimed equestrian: a love of dressage and a love for great bridles that encourage great performances.
Among the Schneider’s bridles Ots recommends is the Joseph Sterling Conversion Dressage Bridle, which provides riders with a level of sophistication and convenience that can benefit their performance. This 2-in-1 bridle converts in a snap from a snaffle to double bridle and its modern features include a patented Fold-Away® Flash, Comfort Plus padded contoured crown and double adjustable cavesson.
Schneiders offers an innovative line of dressage-related products, including snaffle bridles at three convenient price points, the Joseph Sterling Petite bridle for smaller, more refined heads, and the convenient Dura-Tech® EZ View® Pad and interchangeable Number System, which eliminates wearing a number on a show bridle. Learn more about the innovative Schneider’s Saddlery lines at www.sstack.com or call (800) 365-1311.
Originally from De Pere, Wisconsin, Endel Ots began his dressage riding and training careerat his family’s Ots Sunrise Farm and also worked for DYB Dressage before accepting an opportunity to train with Hubertus Schmidt in Germany. In 2007, Ots had the USDF Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year and has scored above 75% in USDF Intermediare I and Intermediare I Freestyles. He owns and operates Lionshare Dressage with fellow dressage rider and trainer, Caroline Roffman. For more information about Lionshare Dressage’s rising stars, training programs, and dressage sales prospects, please click www.lionsharedressage.com.
Photo: From left to right, Endel Ots, Nathan Westfall, and Nancy Gorton at the Pine Hill clinic. (Photo courtesy of Endel Ots)