Totilas Moves to PSI in Germany, No Rider Yet Named

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Edward Gal on Totilas leaving the WEG arena to a standing ovation after what they did not know at the time was their final competition together. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal on Totilas leaving the World Equestrian Games arena to a standing ovation after what they did not know at the time was their final competition together. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Totilas has moved to Paul Schockemöhle’s Performance Sales International barn in Germany with Edward Gal wishing “every success” for the future of the 10-year-old stallion.

Paul Schockemöhle made it clear in an interview with Britain’s Horse and Hound magazine that the 10-year-old stallion will not continue to be competed by Edward but will be “taking a break” following the sale that came after winning all three gold medals up for grabs at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky four weeks ago.

At the Global Dressage Forum in the Netherlands on Tuesday, Edward gave a training demonstration with his trainer, Nicole Werner. The original schedule called for the session to be on Totilas but that changed with the sale and he rode the Australian-owned Lord of Loxley that will be competed by Brett Parbery who was based at Edward’s barn in Harskamp.

This was the third top horse that Edward has lost the ride–the stallion Lingh to Karin Offield of the United States and Ravel, a gelding, ridden by Steffen Peters of the United States for two individual WEG bronze medals.

Paul Schockemöhle was quoted by Horse and Hound as saying: “I really wanted to secure this horse for German breeding and this is what I have done. Maybe I can even manage to assure a new partnership for the German sport because Germany has first-class riders and trainers.

“But that has time, because Totilas has already achieved a lot for his age, so he deserves to take a break now.”

Paul told Horse and Hound that “Totilas and Gal has brought spectacular performances and great moments to horse lovers all over the world and this will never be forgotten.

“I made myself a present by buying this superior stallion, and I hope he will pass on a lot of his qualities to his future foals.”

Edward said, “Totilas will live forever in our hearts and we are thankful for everything we have been allowed to share with him.”