Totilas Leads Dutch Juggernaut in Rotterdam CDIO Grand Prix, Germany 2nd, Canada 3rd

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Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, June 17–Moorlands Totilas ridden by Edward Gal led the Dutch juggernaut to the top three places and winner of the Nations Cup in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Thursday, while an improving Germany made strides in returning to form for second place and the touring Canadian squad were third.

Edward and the 10-year-old black stallion, who typically do not compete more than once a month but showed just a week ago at the Dutch championships, scored 82.705 per cent from the panel of seven judges that was increased from the usual five in an effort to improve dressage judging. The panel included those who will judge at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky beginning Sept. 25.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival and Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Hunter Douglas Sunrise, the two combinations who, barring anything unforeseen, are considered a lock to be members of the Dutch team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky,  were second and third, respectively, on 78.480 per cent and 74.225 per cent. The battle in Holland is for the fourth place on the WEG team, and Thursday Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Nadine were the next ranked Dutch combination in sixth place on 72.644 per cent.

Nicole Werner, the trainer of Edward and Totilas, said: “There were a few minor problems in the test which cost points, but they were really minimal. The good is that Edward and Totilas are progressing in the areas we have been working on at home.” Among the improvements were the two-tempis, transition from piaffe to passage and pirouettes that she said deserved 10s.

Adelinde was happiest with the “absolute absence of tension” in Parzival, and the gelding’s focus. She said the pair are returning to the form they exhibited at the European Championships last year when they beat Edward and Totilas with a world record score in the Grand Prix Special.

Germany’s young star Matthias Alexander Rath on Sterntaler UNICEF was his team’s top finisher in fourth place with 73.283 per cent with the rapidly improving Donnperignon ridden by team mate Christoff Koschel 72.675 per cent in fifth place, Monica Theodorescu and Whisper seventh with 70.638 per cent and Hubertus Schmidt and Donnelly eighth with 69.508 per cent. Isabell Werth, the top German, did not compete here.

Ashley Holzer and her Olympic mount Pop Art led the Canadian team to third place with 68.450 per cent and 10th place individually. The scores for Ashley varied widely–two of 70.426 per cent from Linda Zang of the U.S. and Maribel Alonso of Mexico, and a low of 65.745 per cent from Gustav Svelling of Sweden.

Belinda Trussell and Anton filled 12th place with 67.386 per cent and Bonny Bonnello on Pikardi was 15th on 65.897 per cent. Shannon Dueck and the developing nine-year-old Ayscha retired.

Sweden was fourth in the Nations Cup and Belgium fifth while Denmark did not post a team result when Anne Troensegaard on Seduc retired with no score.

Lars Petersen, the former Danish Olympian now based in Florida but riding for Denmark, finished in last place on Beemer with 60.122 per cent.

Trond Asmir, International Equestrian Federation (FEI) director of dressage, said of the pilot program of judging that was used at Rotterdamand will be followed in a month at Aachen, “with the outcomes we can implement the appropriate improvements next year.”

For complete individual results, click here: Rotterdam CDIO GP Individual

For complete team results, click here: Rotterdman CDIO Grand Prix Team