Totilas Captures Aachen CDIO Grand Prix, Parzival 2nd, Mistral Hojris 3rd

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Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 15–Moorlands Totilas brought silence to the hallowed cathedral of dressage for six minutes before spectators who filled every available space erupted into a celebration fit for a true super star after Edward Gal rode the black stallion to another winning performance in the CDIO Grand Prix Friday.

In the first appearance at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO since 2008 when they were still showing small tour, the world’s No. 1 combination produced a dominating performance that scored 83.860 per cent, more than five percentage points ahead of second placed Dutch team mate Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival on 78.541 per cent. The third Netherlands team member, Imke Schellekens-Bartels on Hunter Douglas Sunrise placed fifth on 73.739 per cent.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Great Britain’s Laura Behctolsheimer on Mistral Hojris sparked some of the loudest cheers, an outpouring of emotion and a sea of British flags for her score of 77.259 per cent and third placing by the ground jury of seven that has been increased from the traditional panel of five judges in an effort to improve judging.

Germany’s Isabell Werth on her 2008 Olympic mount Satchmo was the top finishing German in fourth place with 75.836 per cent. However, the rest of the a whole new crop of top riders filled the sixth, seventh and eighth places–Christoph Koschel on Donnperignon at 72.644 per cent, Mathias Alexander Rath on Sterntaler UNICEF at 71.185 per cent and Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino on 71.125 per cent.

Under the new Nations Cup formula, the top six teams advance to the second leg, the Grand Prix Special on Saturday, and they are: The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and Canada.

Australia’s Brett Parberry on his World Cup mount Victory Salute provided one of the biggest surprises of the class in which 38 horse and rider combinations started by placing 10th on a score of 70.365 per cent and the top finish for a non-European. Fellow Aussies Hayley Beresford on Relampago do Retiro scored 65.319 for 28th place and Lyndal Oatley on Potifar was awarded 65.106 to finish 30th.

Brett Parberry on Victory Salute acknowledging the cheers of the crowd. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Brett Parberry on Victory Salute acknowledging the cheers of the crowd. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Ashley Holzer on her 2008 Olympic mount Pop Art led the.Canadian team with 69,027 per cent and 13th place with Belinda Trussell on Anton not far behind on 68.024 per cent to fill the 16th spot and Bonny Bonello and Pikardi on on 64.316 per cent for 33rd place.

The USA did not field a team but Americans Tina Konyot on Calecto V and Todd Flettrich on Otto–both horses are Danish warmbloods–performed well in the first Aachen CHIO for both pairs. Tina and the 12-year-old stallion placed 14th on a score of 68.602 per cent that would have been much higher but for an uncharacteristic transition from piaffe to passage that turned into a canter on the final centerline.

Under the new Nations Cup formula, the Grand Prix is only one section with the Grand Prix Special to be held Saturday the second leg to determine the winner.

On Mistral Hojris, Laura Bechtolsheimer's pumping her fist for joy. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
On Mistral Hojris, Laura Bechtolsheimer's pumping her fist for joy. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

After the Grand Prix, The Netherlands leads with 236.140, Germany is second with 219.665, Great Britain third on 209.574, Belgium 4th on 203.282, Spain 5th on 201.368, Canada 6th on 201.367, Australia 7th on 200.790, Denmark 8th on 199.666 and Sweden 9th with 193.799.

The top six teams plus the 12 best riders not on qualified teams advance to the Grand Prix Special.

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
RIDER
owner
EUR Total Points Percentage
1 Moorlands Totilas
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Glendale
Edward  Gal (NED) NED 2759.00 83.860
2 Jerich Parzival
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
Adelinde  Cornelissen (NED) NED 2584.00 78.541
3 Mistral Hojris
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen
Laura  Bechtolsheimer (GBR) GBR 2543.00 77.295
4 Satchmo
G \ DarkBay \ 1994 \ Sao Paulo x Legat
Isabell  Werth (GER) GER 2495.00 75.836
5 Hunter Douglas Sunrise
M \ DarkBay \ 1994 \ Singular Joter x Werther
Imke  Schellekens-Bartels (NED) NED 2426.00 73.739
6 Donnperignon
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
Christoph  Koschel (GER) GER 2390.00 72.644
7 Sterntaler-Unicef
G \ DarkBay \ 1995 \ Sion x Manstein
Matthias Alexander  Rath (GER) GER 2342.00 71.185
8 Dablino
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II
Anabel  Balkenhol (GER) GER 2340.00 71.125
9 Augustin OLD
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
Victoria  Max-Theurer (AUT) AUT 2329.00 70.790
10 Victory Salute
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Salute x
Brett  Parbery (AUS) AUS 2315.00 70.365
11 Apollo van het Vijverhof
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Ritmeister
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL) BEL 2294.00 69.726
12 Eremo del Castegno
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
Valentina  Truppa (ITA) ITA 2272.00 69.058
13 Pop Art
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Amsterdam x Cabouchon
Ashley  Holzer (CAN) CAN 2271.00 69.027
14 Calecto V
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Come Back II x Rastell
Tina  Konyot (USA) USA 2257.00 68.602
15 Jade de MV
S \ Grey \ 1999 \ Musico x Neptuno
Claudio  Castilla Ruiz (ESP) ESP 2243.00 68.176
16 Anton
G \ DarkBay \ 2000 \ Antaeus x Melit
Belinda  Trussell (CAN) CAN 2238.00 68.024
17 Otto
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Rambo x Rampal
Todd  Flettrich (USA) USA 2231.00 67.812
18 Withney van’t Genthof
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ FERRO x BALZFLUG
Stefan  van Ingelgem (BEL) BEL 2215.00 67.325
19 Wie-Atlantico de Ymas
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Wie Weltmeyer x Rondo
Fiona  Bigwood (GBR) GBR 2213.00 67.264
20 Florett AS
S \ Black \ 1997 \ Florestan I x Urofino
Patrik  Kittel (SWE) SWE 2212.00 67.234
21 Exquis Clearwater
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
Anne  van Olst (DEN) DEN 2206.00 67.052
22 Whisper
M \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Wolkenstein II x Grenadier
Hiroshi  Hoketsu (JPN) JPN 2202.00 66.930
22 Leonberg
S \ Bay \ 1994 \ Lonely Boy x Ramiros
Mikala Münter  Gundersen (DEN) DEN 2202.00 66.930
24 Fogonero IX
S \ Bay \ 1989 \ Judio x
José María  Sanchez Cobos (ESP) ESP 2194.00 66.687
25 G-Nidium
S \ Grey \ 1995 \ Perdiguero II x Pestillo
Rafael  Ortiz (ESP) ESP 2188.00 66.505
26 Le Beau
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Le Coeur x Classiker
Philippe  Jorissen (BEL) BEL 2179.00 66.231
27 Seduc
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Induc x
Anne  Troensegaard (DEN) DEN 2161.00 65.684
28 Relâmpago do Retiro
S \ Bay \ 1997 \ Luar x Argonauta
Hayley  Beresford (AUS) AUS 2149.00 65.319
29 Divoza Horseworld Ovation
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Cabochon x Apollonios XX
Christa  Laarakkers (NED) NED 2144.00 65.167
30 Potifar
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Jazz x Pion
Lyndal  Oatley (AUS) AUS 2142.00 65.106
31 Elmegardens Marquis
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Michellino x
Emile  Faurie (GBR) GBR 2139.00 65.015
32 Two Sox
G \ Bay \ 1994 \ Ehrentusch x Foxtrott
Maria  Eilberg (GBR) GBR 2134.00 64.863
33 Pikardi
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Pointmaker x Daimont
Bonny  Bonnello (CAN) CAN 2116.00 64.316
34 Pfalstaff
G \ Chestnut \ 1994 \ Palladium x Grenadier
Wendy  Christoff (CAN) CAN 2096.00 63.708
35 April 4cible
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Briar 899 x Lane Court XX 800
Kristian  von Krusenstierna (SWE) SWE 2088.00 63.465
36 Corinth
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Cheenock x Fumiro
Marcela  Krinke Susmelj (SUI) SUI 2080.00 63.222
37 Normandie JB
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Vincent x Ametist
Anette  Christensson (SWE) SWE 2076.00 63.100
38 Fryso Huys Cas
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Adel x Reynders
Marc Peter  Spahn (BEL) BEL 2069.00 62.888