The history of OTTO Sport International GmbH began in the early 1960s when the company founder Werner Otto started building sports courts. Towards the end of the 80s, he started concentrating on the installation of equestrian arenas and specialized in this business. With great zeal, the passionate rider started developing a special type of surface, which was supposed to offer ideal conditions for equestrian sports.
This ideal surface had to be able to provide perfect drainage capabilities, so that the arena could be used during and after even the heaviest of rainfalls. Skid-resistance and elasticity were further challenged which needed to be tackled. By means of continuous research and constant improvements to the system, Werner Otto had finally reached his goal: All the desired qualities in the surface were achieved by means of on single product: The OTTO-PerforatedMat.
Of course, creating the perfect sand footing mixture was another obstacle for the company founder. But after numerous tests in the company’s laboratory, Werner Otto was successful in this arena as well: Combined with the OTTO-PerforatedMat, the special footing blends create an equestrian surface system which is now internationally famous for its high quality.
Now, with their almost 30 years of experience and over 6,000 installed arenas worldwide, OTTO Sport International GmbH are known as one of the leading experts in their field. Professional equestrians as well as hobby riders trust in OTTO Sport’s know-how.
Today, the company’s management encompasses more generations of the Otto family.