2012 Debut for Totilas Marked by Flip-Flops

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Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath at the 2011 European Championships. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HAGEN, Germany, April 26–The 2012 competition debut for Totilas has been marked by flip-flops as rider Matthias Alexander Rath did not decide until the last minute whether to contest the Grand Prix Special or the Freestyle at the outdoor season’s first major competition in Europe, the Horses & Dreams CDI4*.

Totilas, now 12 years old, will be making his first start since the European Championships last August amid speculation that has become more heated as the black stallion approaches the first anniversary of his international competition career with Matthias as his rider. The German took over the reins from The Netherlands’ Edward Gal who with Totilas became the top ranked combination in the world, setting record scores in all three Grand Prix levels.

The uncertainty over strategy in this Olympic year comes after a series of public relations gaffes, among the on-off decision to switch from training with his father to the Dutch national coach, Sjef Janssen, and a stammering response to a question from a radio reporter as to which was the most important–a German team gold or an individual bronze medal at the London Olympics. Germany has traditionally placed more emphasis on team results than those of the individual.

The show is staged by Performance Sales International, owned by Paul Schockemöhle and Ullrich Kasselmann. Paul arranged the purchase of Totilas and has partnered in the ownership with Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, Matthias’s stepmother. Ullrich Kasselmann was responsible for the training and sale of Legolas to Akiko Yamazaki as the new ride for Steffen Peters

The theme of this year’s Horses & Dreams is Great Britain with typical British foods of fish and chips, Guiness (which is Irish, but the Germans are no slouches when it comes to making beer) in a bar in a converted red double-decker bus, Uion Jacks and British-flagged clothing everywhere.

This dressage and jumping competition draws many of the world’s top combinations.

Not surprisingly, the British theme extended to the competitors and the lineup includes three of the four British combinations that won team gold at last year’s European Championships–world’s No. 2 Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro and Emile Faurie and Elmegardens Marquis.

From Germany, Isabell Werth with Don Johnson. Kristina Sprehe and Desperados, Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino and Monica Theodorescu and Whisper and combinations from more than a dozen other countries, including Australia and the United States.

So competition for Totilas (Gribaldi x Lominka x Glendale) will be stiff.

Matthias and Totilas initially opted for the Freestyle where he was to ride for the first time to his new music, a Michael Jackson compilation.

Then, the pair switched to the Grand Prix Special which is vital this year as it is the second of two phases for the Olympic team competition, the first being the Grand Prix, which he confirmed in an interview broadcast just last Monday.

Wednesday night, they switched back to the Freestyle.

The schedule begins with the Grand Prix for the Special on Friday, Grand Prix for the Freestyle on Saturday and both the  Special and the Freestyle Sunday.

Patrik Kittel on Uno Donna Unique winning the Intermediaire I. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

In the Intermediaire 1, Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Uno Donna Unique were the victors with a score of 75.895 per cent, Isabell Werth on Laurenti second on 73.053 per cent and Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer on Della Cavalleria OLD third on 72.500 per cent.

Uno Donna Unique (Don Schufro-Falkland) is a Danish Warmblood mare who won the world championships as a  six-year-old in 2010.

Intermediaire I

Judges: E: Dr. Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
H: Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
C: Isobel Wessels (GBR)
M: Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
B: Ulrike Nivelle (GER)
Nr Reiter Nation KNR Pferd E H C M B Gesamt
 1 Patrik Kittel 
RV Appelhülsen e.V.
  527 Uno Donna Unique
S / DK / R / 2004 / Don Schufro / Falkland  / 102RE58 / B: Stutteri UNO ApS,
 75,263%
286
(1)
 73,553%
279.500
(1)
 76,974%
292.500
(1)
 76,447%
290.500
(1)
 77,237%
293.500
(1)
 75.895%
1442
300,00 EUR
 2 Isabell Werth 
RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael e.V.
  840 Laurenti
W / Oldenburge / BAY / 2004 / Laurentio / Walldorf  / 103CM29 / B: Winter-Schulze, Madeleine  / Z: Alberding, Erich
 72,763%
276.500
(2)
 70,526%
268
(6)
 73,816%
280.500
(2)
 74,342%
282.500
(2)
 73,816%
280.500
(2)
 73.053%
1388
220,00 EUR
 3 Victoria Max-Theurer    196

S / Old / Schwb / 2003 / Diamond Hit / Rubinstein I  / GER45556 / B: Max-Theurer,Elisabeth  / Z: Münstermann,Elisabeth

 72,763%
276.500
(2)
 72,500%
275.500
(2)
 73,816%
280.500
(2)
 71,711%
272.500
(4)
 71,711%
272.500
(5)
 72.500%
1377.5
160,00 EUR
 4 Matthias Bouten 
RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael e.V.
  257

H / Rhld / B / 2004 / Fürst Piccolo / Ehrensold  / 103CM28 / B: Schult,Tobias  / Z: ZG Gielessen,Judith u.Johannes

 72,368%
275
(4)
 72,500%
275.500
(2)
 72,763%
276.500
(4)
 72,237%
274.500
(3)
 71,974%
273.500
(3)
 72.368%
1375
120,00 EUR
 5 Ingrid Klimke 
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
  225

W / Westf / Schwb / 2004 / Dresemann / Florestan I  / 102MC51 / B: Wallace,Jason  / Z: Vornholt,Hubert

 71,053%
270
(6)
 71,053%
270
(4)
 71,447%
271.500
(5)
 69,605%
264.500
(7)
 71,974%
273.500
(3)
 71.026%
1349.5
100,00 EUR
 6 Dorothee Schneider 
Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V
  416

H / Trak. / B / 1996 / Charly Chaplin / Tenor  / GER24773 / B: ZG Gerke GbR,  / Z: Gerke,Hermann

 70,395%
267.500
(7)
 70,658%
268.500
(5)
 71,447%
271.500
(5)
 71,711%
272.500
(4)
 69,737%
265
(7)
 70.789%
1345
100,00 EUR
 7 Charlott-Maria Schürmann 
RV Gehrde e.V.
  216

S / Bay / Df / 2001 / Dr.Jackson D / Fruehlingsklang  / 103EH64 / B: Schwätzler,Helga  / Z: Schwätzler,Helga

 71,579%
272
(5)
 70,526%
268
(6)
 70,526%
268
(7)
 69,474%
264
(8)
 71,053%
270
(6)
 70.632%
1342
50,00 EUR
 8 Theresa Wahler 
RG Klosterhof Medingen
  190

H / Hann / R / 2002 / De Niro / Weltmeyer  / 103OA30 / B: Wahler,Burkhard  / Z: Helmcke Dr.,Bianca

 68,947%
262
(9)
 70,132%
266.500
(8)
 68,684%
261
(11)
 68,026%
258.500
(11)
 69,211%
263
(8)
 69.000%
1311
50,00 EUR
 9 Shawna Harding 
Amerika – United States
  791 Rigo
W / HANN / BLACK / 2001 / Rotspon / Weltmeyer  / 102TE32 / B: Rowe,Tonya
 69,868%
265.500
(8)
 65,263%
248
(13)
 68,947%
262
(9)
 70,921%
269.500
(6)
 67,237%
255.500
(11)
 68.447%
1300.5
50,00 EUR
 10 Fie Christine Skarsoe 
Club Hippique Beaufort
  842 One Night Stand
W / KWPN / OTHER / 2001 / Olivi /  / 102XK84 / B: Börner Dagmar  / Z: W. Verdellen, Horst (Nl)
 68,026%
258.500
(11)
 68,289%
259.500
(10)
 68,816%
261.500
(10)
 68,289%
259.500
(10)
 67,500%
256.500
(10)
 68.184%
1295.5
50,00 EUR
Total = 1.200,00 EUR
nicht plaziert:
 11 Monica Theodorescu 
RFV Warendorf e.V.
  520 Tattoo 15
W / Westf / Db / 2003 / Tuareg / Ramiro’s Son I  / 103CP46 / B: Reitanlage Theodorescu GmbH u.Co.KG  / Z: Theodorescu,George
 68,421%
260
(10)
 68,816%
261.500
(9)
 68,553%
260.500
(12)
 66,053%
251
(19)
 68,421%
260
(9)
 68.053%
1293
 12 Jennifer Hoffmann 
ZRFV Coesfeld-Lette e.V.
  474

H / Westf / Db / 2003 / Rubin-Royal / Florestan I  / USA42518 / B: Hoffmann,Jennifer  / Z: Bunge,Jürgen

 65,263%
248
(15)
 67,237%
255.500
(12)
 69,079%
262.500
(8)
 67,895%
258
(12)
 67,105%
255
(12)
 67.316%
1279
 13 Lorraine van den Brink    402 Orlanduns
W / KWPN / B / 1996 /  / NED05292 / B: Brink,Lorraine van den
 66,842%
254
(12)
 64,868%
246.500
(15)
 67,632%
257
(13)
 69,474%
264
(8)
 66,184%
251.500
(13)
 67.000%
1273
 14 Anne van Olst    792 Validus
W / KWPN / BAY / 2002 / Negro /  / 103OT54 / B: Knudsen,M.
 63,816%
242.500
(21)
 68,289%
259.500
(10)
 66,447%
252.500
(15)
 66,711%
253.500
(17)
 66,184%
251.500
(13)
 66.289%
1259.5
 15 Bernadette Brune 
RSC Osnabruecker Land e.V.
  597

H / Trak. / B / 2002 / Ivernel / Charly Chaplin 1  / 103DC82 / B: Brune, Bernadette  / Z: Gestüt Tasdorf

 65,263%
248
(15)
 64,211%
244
(19)
 66,711%
253.500
(14)
 67,632%
257
(13)
 65,789%
250
(16)
 65.921%
1252.5
 16 Victoria Michalke 
RA München e.V.
  581

W / SAnha / B / 2000 / Zenturio / Landstreicher  / GER42605 / B: Michalke,Susanne  / Z: Saib,Paul

 65,921%
250.500
(13)
 64,342%
244.500
(18)
 65,921%
250.500
(17)
 66,447%
252.500
(18)
 65,658%
249.500
(19)
 65.658%
1247.5
 17 Juliane Brunkhorst 
RV Harsefeld u.Umg.
  252 First Class 69
S / Hann / F / 2004 / Fürst Heinrich / Rubinstein I  / 103OA29 / B: Otten-Willers,Martin  / Z: Otten-Willers,Martin
 64,474%
245
(18)
 64,474%
245
(17)
 65,395%
248.500
(19)
 67,500%
256.500
(14)
 65,789%
250
(16)
 65.526%
1245
 18 Emma Kanerva 
Reiterverein Altenautal e.V.
  250

W / Westf / B / 2004 / Fürst Piccolo / Rapallo  / 103NE34 / B: Kamp,Simone  / Z: Kamp,Simone

 65,132%
247.500
(17)
 65,132%
247.500
(14)
 66,316%
252
(16)
 64,868%
246.500
(23)
 65,921%
250.500
(15)
 65.474%
1244
 19 Jonas Elvebakk    255

W / WESTF / F / 1999 / Fleurop / Ehrentusch  / GER27580 / B: Siv H Dahl Kvaernhaugen  / Z: Erpenstein Dr.,Heinz

 63,947%
243
(20)
 64,605%
245.500
(16)
 64,868%
246.500
(21)
 65,263%
248
(20)
 65,000%
247
(21)
 64.737%
1230
 20 Holga Finken 
RV Aller-Weser
  291 Hofgraf
W / Hann / R / 2004 / Hofrat / Weltruhm  / 103OI40 / B: Zintl,Stephanie  / Z: Richert,Werner
 65,395%
248.500
(14)
 61,842%
235
(24)
 65,658%
249.500
(18)
 63,816%
242.500
(25)
 65,789%
250
(16)
 64.500%
1225.5
 21 Kim Huizer    404 Oxford 15
H / KWPN / B / 1996 /  / NED41857 / B: Huizer,Kim
 62,500%
237.500
(24)
 62,632%
238
(22)
 65,000%
247
(20)
 67,237%
255.500
(15)
 64,211%
244
(23)
 64.316%
1222
 22 Martin Christensen 
Stall Tannenhof e.V
  465

W / Old / Db / 2002 / Rohdiamant / Weltmeyer  / GER43407 / B: Bauer,Gudrun  / Z: Ratermann,Hubert

 64,079%
243.500
(19)
 62,105%
236
(23)
 64,211%
244
(23)
 65,000%
247
(22)
 65,263%
248
(20)
 64.132%
1218.5
 23 Briana Burgess 
RFV Warendorf e.V.
  508 Sugar Boy 11
W / Old / B / 2002 / Sunny-Boy / Palermo  / 102VM53 / B: Burgess,Briana  / Z: Ebken,Birgit
 60,658%
230.500
(26)
 62,763%
238.500
(21)
 64,211%
244
(23)
 67,237%
255.500
(15)
 64,342%
244.500
(22)
 63.842%
1213
 23 Terhi Stegars 
Club Hippique Beaufort
  455

W / Old / R / 2003 / Ron William / Cordeur  / 102QS85 / B: Kayser,Tanja  / Z: Bruns,Hans-Jürgen

 63,553%
241.500
(22)
 63,158%
240
(20)
 64,605%
245.500
(22)
 64,737%
246
(24)
 63,158%
240
(25)
 63.842%
1213
 25 Michael Klimke 
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
  259

W / Westf / B / 2004 / Florestan I / Donnerhall  / 103NI35 / B: Kappel,Uwe  / Z: Siemon,Barbara

 63,026%
239.500
(23)
 61,842%
235
(24)
 63,158%
240
(25)
 65,132%
247.500
(21)
 64,079%
243.500
(24)
 63.447%
1205.5
 26 Ona Dewaegenaere    184 Dabanos D’O 4
W / BWP / B / 2003 /  / BEL42524 / B: Dingenen,Denis van
 62,237%
236.500
(25)
 59,342%
225.500
(28)
 62,105%
236
(27)
 62,895%
239
(26)
 63,026%
239.500
(26)
 61.921%
1176.5
 27 Isabel Bache 
RV Kirchwalsede u.U. e.V.
  209 Don Elfredo
H / Hann / F / 2004 / Don Frederico / Eisenbarth  / 103NQ79 / B: Schaerffer,Bernhard  / Z: Beyermann,Henry
 60,526%
230
(27)
 60,526%
230
(26)
 62,237%
236.500
(26)
 60,921%
231.500
(28)
 61,842%
235
(27)
 61.211%
1163
 28 Daniela Groenke 
RC Olympia Stadion Berlin e.V.
  241 Farina 857
S / Sachs / B / 2002 / Florestan I / Rosenkavalier  / 103GQ47 / B: Ansorge,Erika  / Z: Ziegenbalg,Günter
 59,868%
227.500
(29)
 59,474%
226
(27)
 60,395%
229.500
(29)
 62,763%
238.500
(27)
 59,342%
225.500
(29)
 60.368%
1147
 28 Claudia Dörn 
RSC Osnabruecker Land e.V.
  220 Dorigo
W / Old / R / 1998 / De Niro / Noble Roi xx  / GER43462 / B: Dörn,Erika  / Z: Heitmann,Hans-Jürgen
 60,395%
229.500
(28)
 57,895%
220
(29)
 61,974%
235.500
(28)
 60,000%
228
(29)
 61,579%
234
(28)
 60.368%
1147
 ret. Anouk Vlaar    400 Opale 2
S / n.b. / 1995 /  / NED07781 / B: Vlaar,Anouk