Heath Ryan and Utopian Cardinal after competing on the new OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA surface at last year's Sydney CDI. Picture: Franz Venhaus.
Australia's premium equestrian surface supplier, OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA, will once again be naming rights sponsor for the nation's premier international dressage event, the 2019 Sydney CDI***.
OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA debuted as the event's premium sponsor last year following the much-lauded installation of the new surface in both the indoor and warm-up arenas of Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC).
OTTO footings provide customised solutions for every equestrian discipline.
The makeover to SIEC's Indoor and Arena 6 surfaces includes ebb-and-flow watering systems, OTTO Perforated Mats and superfine, sub-angular silica sand with geotextile fabric and fibres. This system provides maximum drainage, water conservation, concussion mitigation and stability for horse and rider.
Feedback from competitors on the new surface was extremely positive at the 2018 event, with winner of the Equestrian NSW Grand Prix Freestyle CDI Judy Dierks commenting she was "so happy that I got to see in my lifetime a fabulous surface here" following her win.
Last year's event featured the largest entries in four years, and Event Director Toni Venhaus was hopeful the feat would be repeated in 2019.
"Dressage NSW is continually striving to ensure this event meets and even exceeds world-class standards," Toni said.
"The fabulous surfaces provided by OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA contributes to the high quality of the event."
The 2019 OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA Sydney CDI will be held at SIEC from May 1 to 4, and features competitions from Advanced to Grand Prix, Young Horse and Jumping and Eventing dressage competitions will be held on Saturday.
Attracting top riders from around Australia, this year's line-up will include the CDI 3*, CDI-U25 (for riders under 25 competing at Grand Prix level), CDI-Y for Young Riders 16 to 21 years, CDI-P (International Pony) for riders aged 12-16 years and for the first time, a CDI-J for Junior riders aged between 14 and 18 years.
Tickets for the event have already gone on sale, and seats for the ever-popular Saturday evening Grand Prix Freestyle to Music event are selling out fast.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the event website at: www.sydneycdi.com
Information on OTTO SPORT AUSTRALIA: http://www.bsmsportequestrian.com.au/ottosport/