Totilas Will Have Aussie Horse As Company on First Air Travel, transatlantic to WEG

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As a seasoned jetsetter, Victory Salute will keep Moorlands Totilas company on his first air flight when they go to the WEG in September. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news/com
Seasoned jetsetter, Victory Salute will keep Moorlands Totilas company on his first air flight when they both go to the WEG in September. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news/com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 19–Moorlands Totilas will be accompanied by an Australian gelding, a seasoned international traveler, on the black stallion’s first ever airline flight which will be for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky Sept. 25-Oct. 10.

The 10-year-old Dutch super horse has competed only in Europe on his way to accumulating world records at all three Grand Prix classes since beginning his big tour career in 2009.

Edward Gal, Totilas’s only rider in competition, and trainer Nicole Werner hope the horse will react in the same way he has to masses of adoring fans wherever he competes and simultaneously pursuing a show and breeding schedule. That is, he takes his celebrity status all in stride.

Victory Salute is the horse who will hold Totilas’s hoof for the flight from Liege, Belgium, to Cincinnati, about an hour from the Kentucky Horse Park where WEG will be staged,

Victory Salute is ridden by Brett Parberry, a successful Australian dressage competitor. The pair have been based at the same training center as Totilas since flying from Australia early this year for the World Cup Final as the winner of the Pacific League that was held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. The pair flew to Europe to compete at Aachen and premier European shows in 2008.

The 14-year-old gelding owned by Carolyn Lieutenant, “has traveled by air a lot and handles it well,” Brett told dressage-news.com after competing in the Grand Prix, the Special and the Freestyle at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO in Aachen, Germany.

Both horses will travel next to one another on the same pallet.

In addition to Totitlas and Victory Salute, a third horse may come from the stable for WEG, Exquis Nadine ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud who is Edward’s partner and also shares the training facility. Hans Peter, a member of the Dutch silver medal team at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, has been named as a likely member of the team for The Netherlands that also will most probably include Jerich Parzival ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen, the world’s second ranked combination behind Edward and Totilas, and Hunter Douglas Sunrise ridden by Imke Schellekens-Bartels.