Endel Ots Among Three Rookie Riders from Outside Europe Competing at World Young Horse Championships
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KENNETH J. BRADDICK
VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 5, 2015–Endel Ots of the United States with both five and six-year-old horses is one of three rookie riders from outside Europe competing at the World Young Horse Championships that start Thursday.
Endel competes Lucky Strike (Lord Laurie x His Highness) a 2010 Hanoverian gelding owned by Endel of Wellington, Florida and his father, Max Ots, in the five-year-old preliminary class that has 42 entries from 18 countries.
Shiwon Green will ride F-1, an Oldenburg mare (Floriscount x Roadster) that she owns and is New Zealand’s first ever participation in the world championships that move to Ermelo, Netherlands next year after several years in this bastion of Hanoverian breeding. Shiwon is based in England.
Simone Alexandra Pearce, an Australian based in Europe, will ride Felicia 83, a KWPN mare (Vivaldi x Polansky).
Endel, 29, will also compete Samhitas (Sir Donnerhall I x Abanos), an Oldenburg gelding owned by Canadians Jean and Gary Vander Ploeg in the six-year-old division that starts Friday.
In the several weeks he has been competing in Europe at national shows for the first time in preparations for his world championships debut, Endel said the experience has reinforced his pursuit of a full-time career in horses.
“For me every day is so much more exciting and fun,” he told dressage-news.com after the veterinary check.
“It just reaffirms what I want to do. I never had a doubt, but this has shown me that is exactly what I want to do. I feel that I fit right in.”
He has been working with Hans-Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen, the German Junior and Young Rider coach with whom he has been based since coming to Germany.
Christine Traurig, at her first world championships since being appointed the U.S. Young Horse
coach, has been working with him at Verden, an experience he described as “awesome.”
Canada’s Evie Strasser, widely admired among breeders, trainers and competitors on both sides of the Atlantic, was given credit by Endel for providing the connections for training, boarding and support during his European sojourn.
The joke is: How many countries does it take to help Endel get here?
The status of live video streaming of the world championships outside of Germany was still uncertain on the eve of the opening event after dressage-news.com first reported severe restrictions imposed by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) that owns the event.
Live streaming by the German video service ClipMyHorse was at first restricted to Germany but then extended to the Netherlands and Belgium.
The FEI said that FEI TV, its paid subscription service, would advise the live streaming and archiving schedule “in due course.”
Just hours before the first championship class no schedule was posted on the FEI TV site and there were no more countries added on the ClipMyHorse site to Germany, Netherland and Belgium.