Totilas 1st Foal Born

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Moorlands Guinevere, Totilas' first born. © 2011 Arnd Bronkhorst www.arnd.nl

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Jan. 23–The first foal to superstar stallion Totilas was born Sunday morning, a dark brown mare with a beautiful elegant head and long legs. She was named Moorlands Guinevere.

Moorland Stables announced the birth of the first foal to the elite sport mare Moorlands Sajouti (Clavecimbel x Flamingo) who is very successful in dressage with rider Laura Visser. In 2010, they were champion at Level 4 in the Netherlands.

The foal was born at the University clinic for animals in Utrecht.

“They did a very good job last year with the insemination of the mares,” Moorlands Stables said in a news release. “Therefore we thought it would be wise to bring the mare in her last period back to the clinic.

“It is very special to breed a foal of Totilas and we are very happy that everything went well.”

Totilas, 11-year-old son of Gribaldi, became the most celebrated dressage competition horse in history when ridden by Edward Gal of the Netherlands for Moorlands Stables, owned by Tosca and Kees Visser.

Moorlands Guinevere with Edward Gal, who rode the foal's father, Totilas, to world record scores and accolades that made the stallion the most celebrated dressage horse. © 2011 Arnd Bronkhorst www.arnd.nl

Edward was one of the first visitors to the clinic to see Guinevere.

Over a two-year period, the combination created world records at all three Grand Prix levels, won team and individual gold at the 2009 European Championships, the 2010 World Cup title and three gold medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

The black stallion who was so popular as to command live prime time television coverage, was sold to Germany’s Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International. Matthias Alexander Rath, a top German rider although only 26 years old, has been named the rider of Totilas and expected to make their debut in the competition arena in the spring with hopes of making the German team for the European Championships in Rotterdam in August.