Totilas & Matthias Do It Again With Best Score Yet in Aachen GP Special

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Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas on their way to victory in the CDIO Grand Prix Special. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 16–Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath won the CDIO Grand Prix Special Saturday with the highest score so far for the partnership with a display of harmony and power that gave the pair the only score above 80 per cent in what amounts to a world championship.

The pair’s score of 83.083 per cent eclipsed the 79.771 per cent for the Dutch partnership of Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the only combination to ever beat team mate Edward Gal at Grand Prix level in his career as the rider of the 11-year-old black stallion by Gribaldi, which she did twice.

Not all the judges agreed on the placings although they all awarded the winning pair points above 80 per cent, with Wojtek Markowski of Poland preferring Adelinde.

Adeline Cornelissen riding "every step" of Jerich Parzival to place second in the CDIO Grand Prix Special. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Uncharacteristic mistakes by Laura Bechtolsheimer on her top horse, Mistral Hojris–breaking into a canter in the extended trot and then going off course but offset by five 10s in piaffe and passage –put her in fourth place on 77.229 per cent, behind German star Isabell Werth on El Santo NRW with 77.292 per cent. The USA’s Steffen Peters on Ravel was fifth with a score of 76.708 per cent.

As with most appearances by Totilas, the 5,000-seat Deutsche Bank Stadium was standing room only and has been sold out for all the dressage competitions this year for the first time. Frank Kemperman, chairman of the show organization, said that tickets are selling fast for dressage in 2012.

Matthias, who is just 26, admitted he was far more relaxed in the Grand Prix Special than in Thursday Nations Cup Grand Prix in which he was riding for his German team. The pair who began the partnership at the start of the year after the horse was bought by Paul Schockemöhle and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, Matthias’s stepmother, also received five marks of 10 with the primary weakness being the extended trot.

“In the Grand Prix Special I could ride Totilas who gives me a wonderful feeling,” he said in phrases that echoed those of Edward when he rode the horse to world record scores at all three Grand Prix levels. “There was a difference in that there was pressure to do well for my team in the Grand Prix.”

Asked about riding Totilas, he said: “Everyone knows that Totilas was very well schooled by Edward Gal, but Totilas could not do a test on his own so it was a win for the two of us.”

Adelinde said she followed with her promise to “go for it” after Thursday’s disappointing performance and to “ride every step.”

“I went for it,” she said, and was surprised at the score because she said she had ridden as well in other competitions and scored higher.

Laura Bechtolsheimer said later, “I feel so stupid. I think I was just trying too hard. S–t happens. That about sums it up.”

Laura Bechtolsheimer hiding her face in mock shame after going off course while riding the CDIO Grand Prix at Aachen. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Complete results of Grand Prix Spécial CDIO:

Judge E : Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
Judge H : Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
Judge C : Stephen Clarke (GBR)
Judge M : Wojtek Markowski (POL)
Judge B : Maribel Alonso (MEX)

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 8600 82.396 85.938 83.542 80.833 82.708 83.083
Matthias Alexander  Rath (GER)
Paul Schockemöhle, Ann-Katrin Linsenhoff
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 )
2 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
NED 5200 80.938 81.771 77.813 82.083 76.250 79.771
Adelinde  Cornelissen (NED)
W.P.J. Cornelissen & M.A. Cornelissen & H. Jerich
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 )
3 El Santo NRW – RHEIN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Ehrentusch x Rhythmus
GER 3900 78.958 79.375 75.833 78.750 78.542 78.292
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Isabell Werth
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
4 Mistral Hojris – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen
GBR 2600 76.563 77.604 79.896 76.354 75.729 77.229
Laura  Bechtolsheimer (GBR)
Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer, U. & L. Bechtolsheimer
( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 )
5 Ravel – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Contango x Democraat
USA 1800 77.396 76.771 78.333 76.042 75.000 76.708
Steffen  Peters (USA)
Akiko Four Winds Farm\Yamazaki
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
6 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
GER 1300 77.188 76.771 75.625 76.458 76.354 76.479
Christoph  Koschel (GER)
Hof Beckerode GmbH
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 )
7 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN 900 75.208 73.958 77.083 74.896 73.646 74.958
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein (DEN)
Nathalie Sayn-Wittgenstein, Dr. Michael Siebert
( 7 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 )
8 Favourit – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark x Worldchamp
SWE 520 74.167 74.583 73.125 73.750 73.021 73.729
Tinne  Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE)
Antonia Axson Johnson, Göran Ennerfelt
( 9 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 )
9 Fuego de Cardenas – PRE
S \ Grey \ 1998 \ Utrerano VII x Elegido III
ESP 400 74.271 73.229 75.104 72.188 72.292 73.417
Juan Manuel  Muñoz Diaz (ESP)
Miguel A.de. Cardenas
( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 )
10 Sisther de Jeu – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED 260 72.188 72.604 71.042 71.563 72.708 72.021
Edward  Gal (NED)
Emma de Jeu
( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 )
11 Fernandez – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Florestan x Weinburg
GBR 260 74.063 71.979 71.146 69.375 72.292 71.771
Charlotte  Du Jardin (GBR)
Miss C & Mrs J Dujardin
( 10 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 )
12 I.P.S. Tango – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Jazz x Contango
NED 260 71.875 72.083 71.458 69.688 68.958 70.812
Hans Peter  Minderhoud (NED)
J.M. van Uytert, A.Valk
( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 16 )
13 Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA 70.417 71.979 70.208 69.375 70.208 70.438
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Gavan s.r.l.
( 13 ) ( 12 ) ( 15 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 )
14 Elmegardens Marquis – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Michellino x Lucky Light
GBR 69.271 71.354 68.229 68.021 71.979 69.771
Emile  Faurie (GBR)
Emile Faurie, Joanna Vaughan
( 18 ) ( 15 ) ( 19 ) ( 17 ) ( 12 )
15 Coryolano – BAY
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Coriolan x GAJUS
IRL 69.896 70.417 68.229 68.125 69.479 69.229
Anna  Merveldt (IRL)
A Merveldt
( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 19 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 )
16 Toy Story – SWB
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Come Back II x Concorde
SWE 68.750 69.375 70.625 67.917 69.167 69.167
Patrik  Kittel (SWE)
Carol u. Sandy Oatley
( 19 ) ( 17 ) ( 14 ) ( 18 ) ( 15 )
17 Blue Hors Romanov – DWB
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ Rohdiamant x Grundstein II
DEN 69.792 71.875 69.792 65.938 68.333 69.146
Sune  Hansen (DEN)
Blue Hors Aps
( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 23 ) ( 18 )
18 Exquis Clearwater – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
DEN 70.104 67.083 71.250 68.438 68.438 69.062
Anne  van Olst (DEN)
A.M. Kies, Anne van Olst
( 14 ) ( 22 ) ( 11 ) ( 15 ) ( 17 )
19 U II – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Jazz x Rohdiamant
USA 67.396 68.854 67.813 69.271 68.125 68.292
Günter  Seidel (USA)
Jane & Richard Brown
( 24 ) ( 19 ) ( 22 ) ( 14 ) ( 19 )
20 Faberge – HANN
G \ Black \ 1996 \ Falkland x Akzent I
ESP 67.813 66.667 68.958 66.771 67.813 67.604
Beatriz  Ferrer-Salat (ESP)
Deliber S.L.
( 22 ) ( 26 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 ) ( 20 )
21 Le Beau – OLDBG
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Le Couer x Classiker
BEL 66.771 67.917 68.958 67.604 66.563 67.562
Philippe  Jorissen (BEL)
Philippe Jorissen
( 25 ) ( 20 ) ( 17 ) ( 19 ) ( 22 )
22 Lennox – WESTF
G \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Laurentianer x Florestan I
SWE 68.646 68.958 67.396 65.625 66.875 67.500
Cecilia  Dorselius (SWE)
Svedala Ridcenter HB
( 20 ) ( 18 ) ( 23 ) ( 24 ) ( 21 )
23 Otto – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Rambo x Rampal
USA 67.604 66.979 66.771 66.458 66.458 66.854
Todd  Flettrich (USA)
Inc.\Duprey, Margaret Cherry Knoll Farm
( 23 ) ( 24 ) ( 25 ) ( 21 ) ( 24 )
24 Apollo van het Vijverhof – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Rittmeister
BEL 66.250 67.083 68.125 66.146 66.563 66.833
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL)
bvba Dressage Devroe
( 26 ) ( 22 ) ( 21 ) ( 22 ) ( 22 )
25 Prestige – KWPN
S \ Black \ 1997 \ Ferro x Farmer
ESP 69.375 66.354 66.979 63.646 65.417 66.354
Jordi  Domingo Coll (ESP)
A. van der Gor, Jordi Domingo Coll
( 17 ) ( 27 ) ( 24 ) ( 27 ) ( 26 )
26 Rafalca – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Argentinus x Rubinstein
USA 67.917 67.396 65.104 64.896 66.042 66.271
Jan  Ebeling (USA)
Ann Romney Amy Ebeling
( 21 ) ( 21 ) ( 26 ) ( 25 ) ( 25 )
27 BMC Phoebe DVB – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Regazzoni x Ulft
NED 63.854 65.833 64.688 64.271 64.167 64.562
Marlies  van Baalen (NED)
Dressuurstal van Baalen, A. Jr. van Baalen
( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 ) ( 26 ) ( 28 )
28 Corinth – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Cheenook x Fumiro
SUI 64.583 66.979 63.125 61.979 65.208 64.375
Marcela  Krinke Susmelj (SUI)
Meyer Irene
( 27 ) ( 24 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 )
29 Calypso van het Goorhof – BWP
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Camus x Coriolan
BEL 63.854 65.000 62.188 60.625 62.917 62.917
Ronny  Coenraerds (BEL)
Wim Sneyers
( 28 ) ( 29 ) ( 29 ) ( 29 ) ( 29 )
30 Hiscox Artemis – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan x Delphi
GBR 19.375 21.354 18.750 18.333 20.208 RETIRED
Richard  Davison (GBR)
Countess of Derby, J., E. & G. Davison
( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 )