President - Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC - Palm Beach International Equestrian Center - Winter Equestrian Festival
"The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center adheres to the FEI’s Code of Conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.
In the past few decades, having the correct footing has become paramount to the equestrian industry.
In 2019 ESP renovated the PBIEC international arena. The products we chose were OTTO Sport arena base mats and ProTex footing product from Premier Equestrian, Inc. The new arena was received favorably and performed to the highest standards. The surface offers consistent quality, regardless of weather conditions.
With reference to the PBIEC International Arena, the OTTO Sport base mats and special footing mixture are an ideal solution for our competition venue. The performance of the traction-knobs on the upper side of the mats are excellent and ensure optimal stability."
"With your help, we transformed our dismal 'concrete desert' into our dream riding arena. It may not be the largest, but we think it's the most beautiful riding arena!"
NATIONAL EVENTING TRAINER, HANS MELZER
Bundeswehr Sports School in Warendorf
“The arena is fantastic! Nowhere else can we train so early in the year with such excellent ground conditions and in this weather!” (Note: Storm ‘Sabine’ was raging at the time)
SHOWPALAST MÜNCHEN AND CAVALLUNA PARK
“OTTO Sport makes the impossible possible: a riding surface that is suitable for all equestrian sports. Our surface experiences heavy traffic and is able to withstand the high and very different demands placed on it to perfection, and fully satisfies our health and safety requirements for horse and rider.”
“Our OTTO surface in the riding arena has already proved its worth 1,000 times over! We often require high speeds around the circuit when training Western horses, or may unintentionally reach some really high speeds when schooling problem horses. The OTTO-PerforatedMats under the footing ensure the horses don’t slip or skid around the corners or during tight turns. This enables me to calmly consider and prepare my next move, because the footing gives me that confidence. The surface elasticity is fantastic with the sub-base layer, and even our clients from the high-class world of dressage are delighted with it. I’m looking forward to our OTTO Reining surface which our Western riders will love. We now know that the decision to contact OTTO Sport was the best we ever made! I must also mention here the friendliness and expertise of Werner Otto and his whole team.
As personal as the products – I THINK OTTO IS EXCELLENT!!”
“It is very important for us to be able to presentall the disciplines in equestrian sport. We consider ourselves a centre of excellence for the Austrian horse industry, so all the equestrian sport disciplines are represented here. We believe we can do this most effectively with these riding surfaces.”
On a scale from 1 – 10, how satisfied are you with the new surfaces? Mr. Mayrhofer: “Right now, 11!”
“Now we have installed the OTTO-PerforatedMats, not only can we ride in all weathers, but both horse and rider feel really comfortable. There was not a single puddle in sight, even in the pouring rain, and the ground was skid-resistant and elastic. The riders went on to say: “It’s like we’re floating on the ground.”
British Showjumping Legend
“During my decade long experience as showjumper, I have trained and competed on countless types of footing. Every time I rode on OTTO Sport, I noticed that they constantly provide ideal conditions for equestrian sports, whether it was on temporary or permanently installed arenas. That is why I chose OTTO Sport to renew my surfaces at home – and I have never regretted that decision.”
Shannon & Steffen Peters
Olympic Dressage Riders, California, USA
“We were introduced to OTTO Sport in 2006 before the World Equestrian Games and we have always thought they are just the best surface that you can have. And now we finally have them, which we’re so so excited about.”
Stefan Kuhn, Switzerland
“For our showjumping event ‘Osterspringen Amriswil’ we recently switched to a show arena by OTTO Sport. This has almost doubled the number of riders who apply to compete there.”