Totilas, Valegro & Mistral Hojris at Hagen Horses & Dreams CDI4*

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The few minutes it took for Totilas and Matthias Alexander Rath to ride the Grand Prix at the Horses & Dreams CDI4* in Hagen, Germany, wiped out eight months of wild speculation and hype and elevated the black stallion to close to the level that made the horse a legend.

However, the 10-year-old gelding, Valegro, ridden by Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin. at age 27 even younger than Matthias and who has never competed in a world championship, not only matched the results for Germany–they did not compete head to head–but took one of the three world records held by Totilas.

The possibility of the two horses being in the same competition arena performing the same test in the next three months before the Olympic Games are not likely.

In London, however, the two combinations will be among six from four nations fighting for individual medals.

In addition to Matthias and Totilas, Charlotte and Valegro, fellow Britons Carl Hester and Uthopia (Carl is also an owner of Valegro) and Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris; neigning world No. 1 Adelinde Cornelissen of The Netherlands, and Jerich Parzival, and America’s Steffen Peters and Ravel all have a shot at being on the podium.

Some images from Hagen, an event that unofficially marks the beginning of the premier European outdoor circuit with up close competition and one of the most inviting and friendliest shows, so friendly it’s tough not to go to all the parties.

Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas in the Grand Prix that was a personal best since they became a partnership 16 months ago. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath showing off his extended trot. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas performing passage which earned the pair a slew of marks of 10. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin seems near tears as she and Valegro are honored after their world record Olympic Grand Prix Special. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Bechtilsheimer missed out on winning a snazzy horse rug embroidered with the Union Jack to come second in the Grand Prix Freestyle in their Olympic preparations. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in the Olympic Grand Prix Special. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com