Totilas Wins Again, Parzival 2nd Not Far Behind at Olympia

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Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LONDON, Dec. 15–Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas came within less than one-half percentage point of their world record to claim the Grand Prix at Olympia International Horse Show World Cup qualifier Tuesday night.

The black stallion being ridden by Edward Gal of The Netherlands in the horse’s last competition as a nine-year-old posted a score of 83.66 per cent, just 0.43 per cent below their world record of 84.09 per cent at the European Championships at Windsor, just 20 miles (32km) from Tuesday night’s event, in August.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival also scored above 80 per cent, posting a mark of 81.277 per cent with one judge placing the Dutch pair in first place ahead of Totilas and Edward.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival
Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival

Great Britain’s Carl Hester on Liebling II, his European Championship team silver medal mount, was third on 72.213 per cent with team mate Laura Bechtolsheimer on Andretti H, in fourth place on 70.766 per cent.

Edward Gal who won and team and individual European Championships gold medals and is ranked No. 1 in the world with Totilas, said:

“He is still so young but he never lets me down. The audience was a little excited – which is good – but also difficult, and he was a little bit tense at the start, but after the walk he began to feel really good.”

Carl Hester and Liebling had the unenviable task of following Totilas into the arena.

However, the pair delighted the home crowd to produce their best test to date to place third.

“I thought Christmas was ruined when I saw the draw – how do you follow that?” Carl asked. “But my aim was to produce a test without mistakes and that was his first really clean test and I was delighted with the feeling he gave me.”

All 13 starters go into Wednesday night’s FEI World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle to music, sponsored by Rowan Management Ltd and supported by Horse & Hound.

Totilas and Edward Gal hold the world record score for the freestyle that they created at the Europeans.

Grand Prix results

1. Moorlands Totilas Edward Gal NED 393 387 391 396 399 1966
83.617% 82.340% 83.191% 84.255% 84.894% 83.660%
2. Parzival Adelinde Cornelissen NED 396 377 390 370 377 1910
84.255% 80.213% 82.979% 78.723% 80.213% 81.277%
3. Liebling II Carl Hester GBR 334 339 340 340 344 1697
71.064% 72.128% 72.340% 72.340% 73.191% 72.213%
4. Andretti H Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR 319 329 333 343 339 1663
67.872% 70.000% 70.851% 72.979% 72.128% 70.766%
5. Cadillac Catherine Haddad USA 328 317 324 343 325 1637
69.787% 67.447% 68.936% 72.979% 69.149% 69.660%
6. Hiscox Artemis Richard Davison GBR 321 324 326 328 333 1632
68.298% 68.936% 69.362% 69.787% 70.851% 69.447%
7. Apollo van het Vijverhof Jeroen Devroe BEL 313 323 320 324 325 1605
66.596% 68.723% 68.085% 68.936% 69.149% 68.298%
8. Fitzcerraldo Judith Harvey GBR 318 313 319 324 318 1592
67.660% 66.596% 67.872% 68.936% 67.660% 67.745%
9. Mr President Stephanie Croxford GBR 315 314 317 320 317 1583
67.021% 66.809% 67.447% 68.085% 67.447% 67.362%
10. Ovation Christa Laarakkers NED 304 313 312 316 308 1553
64.681% 66.596% 66.383% 67.234% 65.532% 66.085%
11. Whitni Star Marc Boblet FRA 299 312 310 313 313 1547
63.617% 66.383% 65.957% 66.596% 66.596% 65.830%
12. Louis D’Or Henriette Andersen GBR 305 308 299 306 312 1530
64.894% 65.532% 63.617% 65.106% 66.383% 65.106%
13. Exquis Clearwater Anne van Olst DEN 299 308 296 301 314 1518
63.617% 65.532% 62.979% 64.043% 66.809% 64.596%