Kentucky Horse Park
High-quality Riding Surfaces for the 2010 Games in Kentucky Horse Park Arenas

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 11, 2009  
Contact Information:  Matthias Andritzky
Tel.: +49 (91 87) 97 11-24
Fax: +49 (91 87) 44 36

LEXINGTON / ALTDORF – About a year and a half before Lexington will host the greatest equestrian event ever held in the USA, the work on the Kentucky Horse Park’s Outdoor Stadium is proceeding at a brisk pace. The German company OTTO Sport- und Reitplatz GmbH is installing new state-of-the-art riding surfaces at the stadium, making it one of the nation’s best outdoor equestrian venues, that will be used by the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games when they take place on the facilities from September 25 until October 10, 2010.                                                             

Inauguration during Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event

Currently the main stadium arena, measuring almost 130,000 sq ft., and an attached warm-up area of 40,000 sq ft., are being prepared by the German specialists in riding arena construction. The work is likely to be finished in the middle of February, and the official inauguration is going to be held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event at the end of April.                 


The secrets of the renowned equestrian surface, the tried and tested OTTO Riding Arena Mats, are covered by 2,800 tons of a special riding sand mixture. On the equine sector, the mat system that has already proved its qualities during the 2006 Games in Aachen (Germany) and in several premier equine events around the world, is especially valued for its safety properties and the outstanding drainage features. 


Long-term experience in riding arena construction

More than 20 years ago, company founder and CEO Werner Otto started being engaged in the construction of riding arenas. As he had been a keen rider himself for a long time, his guiding principle   has always been to create an ideal environment for both horse and rider. The OTTO Riding Arena Mat is the final result of enduring development and consistent improvements. Consisting of elastic material, it guarantees optimal flexibility which is quite important in equestrian sports to protect horses’ soundness. When riding with high speed or in narrow turns, a safe foothold is absolutely necessary. Therefore, high and deep knobs integrated on the upper side of the mat prevent horses from slipping and sustaining serious injuries. To minimize problems resulting from dust getting in the horses’ lungs, a special water retention system ensures constant moisture of the footing. But even after persistent precipitation, surplus water can easily drain off through drainage holes.              


“We are very proud of supporting the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky with our experience and know-how in riding arena construction”, states Christian Bauer, the Sales Director for OTTO.  

On the initiative of Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, plans are underway to install the OTTO footing in additional rings on the park – another challenge for the surface specialists from Germany.                                


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