Led by Totilas, Germany Wins Aachen Nations Cup

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Totilas being ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath in the sold-out Deutsche Bank Stadium in Aachen. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 14–Led by Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath, Germany overcame the loss of one of their team combinations Thursday to capture the CDIO Nations Cup for the first time in three years at what is their hometown show.

Great Britain produced their best ever performance to claim silver while The Netherlands, minus Totilas who had led them to the top of medals podium the past two years, were relegated to third place this year. The U.S. was fourth, Sweden fifth, Denmark sixth, Spain seventh and Belgium eighth.

The German team of Matthias and Totilas, Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW and Christoph Koschel and Donnperignon, suffered a setback at the start of competition when the fourth combination, Anabel Balkenol and Dablino, had to withdraw when the horse became lame after an early morning schooling. The cause was not yet known, but with no room for a score to be discarded the pressure was on all three to produce their best to win the Nations Cup that has been Germany’s every year since it was inaugurated 34 years ago, except for victories by The Netherlands in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Totilas was the star of the show.

Unseasonably cold and blustery weather with occasional light sprinkles of rain did not dampen the crowd’s love affair with the global celebrity.

His winning score of 82.149 per cent–it did not include any 10s but eight 9.5s from the five judges–was the highest since Matthias began competing the 11-year-old black stallion in two international competitions in Germany and the German championships.

And the score is moving closer to the world record at Grand Prix of 84.085 per cent posted on Totilas by Edward Gal of The Netherlands at the 2009 European Championships.

And for the first time, the Thursday dressage competition in the 5,000-seat Deutsche Bank Stadium was sold out as it is for the rest of the show through Sunday.

“I’m extremely happy,” Matthias said after the competition. “It is really special to win here in Aachen.”

Y-a-a-a!!! Matthias Alexander Rath on Totilas. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell Werth, whose third place score of 77.830 per cent on El Santo , said the absence of championships for Germany since the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a result of waiting for the relatively young and inexperienced team horses to mature. Plus the addition of Totilas the KWPN stallion bought by Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, a former German dressage star who is stepmother to Matthias.

“We needed time to improve and bring Germany back to the top levels,” she said.

The main challenge aside from Holland, was a strong Britain which did not start its best horses except for Laura Beahctolsheimer, the No. 2 rider in the world and who finished second on Mistral Hojris with a score of 80.596 per cent.

For Britain, it was  their best result and only their second time on the medals podium. They won bronze here in 2009.

“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Laura said. “Alf (Mistral Hojris) felt as good if not better than ever.”

Laura Bechtolsheimer after her ride on Mistral Hojris that led Britain to the silver medal in the Nations Cup. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Bechtolsheimer after her ride on Mistral Hojris that led Britain to the silver medal in the Nations Cup. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The biggest surprise was the fourth place by Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival, the world’s top ranked combination and winners of this year’s Word Cup Final. Mistakes kept their score to 77.340 per cent, slightly ahead of Steffen Peters and Ravel of the United States on 77.191 per cent.

“I don’t know why it happened,” Adelinde said. “He had never felt so easy–he’s usually spooky at something–and I probably forgot to ride him. I was just sitting there doing nothing.”

Edward Gal who rode Sisther de Jeu for 71.489 per cent and a 10th place finish was still feeling the pain of the loss of the ride on Totilas.

Asked how he felt being in the same competition with Totilas for the first time, said: “The question should be addressed to the new rider.” When the questioner said the interest was in his reaction, he said: “It still hurts but I will get used to it.”
Grand Prix CDIO

Judge E : Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Judge H : Maribel Alonso (MEX)
Judge C : Wojtek Markowski (POL)
Judge M : Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
Judge B : Mary Seefried (AUS)

Rk HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR E H C M B %
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Totilas – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Glendale
GER 6500 80.851 80.106 85.000 82.340 82.447 82.149
Matthias Alexander  Rath (GER)
Ann-Katrin & Schockemöhle, Paul Linsenhof
( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Mistral Hojris – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen
GBR 4000 80.000 83.085 80.213 80.000 79.681 80.596
Laura  Bechtolsheimer (GBR)
Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, U. & L. Bechtolsheimer
( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 El Santo NRW – RHEIN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Ehrentusch x Rhythmus
GER 3000 79.362 78.085 75.532 78.191 77.979 77.830
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Isabell Werth
( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 )
4 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
NED 2000 78.085 77.021 76.702 77.979 76.915 77.340
Adelinde  Cornelissen (NED)
W.P.J. Cornelissen & M.A. Cornelissen & H. Jerich
( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 )
5 Ravel – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Contango x Democraat
USA 1000 79.894 74.255 76.702 76.915 78.191 77.191
Steffen  Peters (USA)
Akiko Four Winds Farm\Yamazaki
( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 )
6 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
GER 500 72.872 73.085 74.255 74.255 72.340 73.362
Christoph  Koschel (GER)
Hof Beckerode GmbH
( 8 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
7 Favourit – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark x Worldchamp
SWE 500 74.681 71.170 72.766 73.085 72.021 72.745
Tinne  Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE)
Antonia Axson Johnson, Göran Ennerfelt
( 6 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 )
8 Fuego de Cardenas – PRE
S \ Grey \ 1998 \ Utrerano VII x Elegido III
ESP 500 73.085 72.128 71.596 72.553 71.170 72.106
Juan Manuel  Muñoz Diaz (ESP)
Miguel A.de. Cardenas
( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 )
9 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN 500 71.170 72.660 71.702 72.979 71.064 71.915
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)
Nathalie Sayn-Wittgenstein, Dr. Michael Siebert
( 11 ) ( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 )
10 Sisther de Jeu – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED 500 71.809 69.681 69.894 73.830 72.234 71.489
Edward  Gal (NED)
Emma de Jeu
( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 )
11 Fernandez – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Florestan x Weinburg
GBR 500 71.702 69.681 71.383 72.553 71.596 71.383
Charlotte  Du Jardin (GBR)
Miss C & Mrs J Dujardin
( 10 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 )
12 I.P.S. Tango – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Jazz x Contango
NED 500 70.319 68.936 68.511 70.851 72.021 70.128
Hans Peter  Minderhoud (NED)
J.M. Uytert, A.Valk
( 13 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 8 )
13 Coryolano – BAY
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Coriolan x GAJUS
IRL 70.851 69.787 68.191 68.617 68.511 69.191
Anna  Merveldt (IRL)
A Merveldt
( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 15 ) ( 17 ) ( 14 )
14 Hiscox Artemis – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan x Delphi
GBR 69.149 69.787 67.979 70.106 67.447 68.894
Richard  Davison (GBR)
Countess of Derby, J., E. & G. Davison
( 16 ) ( 10 ) ( 16 ) ( 13 ) ( 22 )
15 Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA 70.319 69.362 67.553 68.511 67.872 68.723
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Gavan s.r.l.
( 13 ) ( 14 ) ( 18 ) ( 18 ) ( 16 )
16 Faberge – HANN
G \ Black \ 1996 \ Falkland x Akzent I
ESP 68.085 69.043 68.617 68.085 68.936 68.553
Beatriz  Ferrer-Salat (ESP)
Deliber S.L.
( 20 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 22 ) ( 13 )
17 U II – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Jazz x Rohdiamant
USA 67.128 68.830 70.106 68.830 67.766 68.532
Günter  Seidel (USA)
Jane & Richard Brown
( 26 ) ( 18 ) ( 11 ) ( 15 ) ( 18 )
18 Apollo van het Vijverhof – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Rittmeister
BEL 67.234 68.404 67.340 70.106 67.872 68.191
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL)
bvba Dressage Devroe
( 23 ) ( 20 ) ( 20 ) ( 13 ) ( 16 )
19 Toy Story – SWB
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Come Back II x Concorde
SWE 67.234 67.553 67.766 68.298 67.553 67.681
Patrik  Kittel (SWE)
Carol u. Sandy Oatley
( 23 ) ( 24 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 ) ( 21 )