Totilas “Most Likely” Out of Global Dressage Forum

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Edward Gal riding Totilas at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last month. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal riding Totilas at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last month. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HOOGE MIERDE, Netherlands, Oct. 21–A planned training session of Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas with Nicole Werner is now unlikely to take place at the Global Dressage Forum next week as a result of the sale of the stallion to Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International in Germany.

Joep Bartels. chairman of the GDF program committee, said he visited Edward and Nicole at their stables in Herskamp on Monday to discuss the program in which Edward and Nicole were to appear with Totilas next Tuesday, the second of two days of the forum. In the clinic, Nicole and Edward were to focus on the technical details of their training method.

“Many things are still uncertain regarding the sale of Edward Gal’s horse Moorlands Totilas to Paul Schockemöhle,” Joep said in a message on the GDF Internet site. “But is seems that it will have some impact on the program of the Global Dressage Forum. As chairman of the program committee Joep Bartels visited Edward and his trainer Nicole Werner in their stables on Monday.

“Most likely it will no longer be possible for Edward to ride Totilas in the clinic and he is now reconsidering the format and content of his clinic on Tuesday 26th October.”

The 10-year-old KWPN stallion was sold after the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky where the pair won three gold medals and follows a year in which the combination led the Netherlands’ team to its first gold medal at the European Championships in Windsor, England in 2009 and the World Cup title in March, 2010.

Other highlights of the program include sessions with Jonny Hilberath, the assistant German national trainer; Trond Asmyr and Frank Kemperman updating new developments in dressage; veterinary update by FEI Veterinary Director Graeme Cook; a return session by popular demand of Rob Renirie on Do’s and Don’t’s of Horseshoes; FEI’s Dressage Steward General, Jacques van Daele on Stwarding in Practice and Ada Wouters-Brongers on use of the innovative Flexchair in rider position.