Totilas Sets New Grand Prix Special World Record at Aachen CDIO

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Totilas takes a bow before a packed stadium after setting world record for Grand Prix Special. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Moorlands Totilas takes a bow before a packed stadium after setting a world record for the Grand Prix Special with previous record holder, Parzival, in background © 2010 Ken Braddick/


AACHEN, Germany, July 17–Moorlands Totilas was ridden by Edward Gal to a new world record score of 86.458 per cent for the Grand Prix Special at the World Equestrian Festival CDIO Saturday, and now hold the records for all three top dressage competitions.

“Just when you wonder whether it can get better,” Edward said after the 10-year-old black stallion created the new record, “he does this. What can I say? I have no words to describe how I feel.”

Superlatives barely describe the impact the son of Gribaldi has had on dressage and his performance in one of the most competitive events ever–Edward labeled the event a “small world championship”–brought the packed Deutsche Bank stadium to its feet. As with the Grand Prix on Thursday, although every available space was packed, there was an awed silence during the six minutes of the ride.

So high was the quality of the competition that judges and informed observers noted that Totilas aside, any of the five highest finishing horse and rider pairs could have won any championship anywhere in the world. Exciting for many was the re-emergence of Germany and the continuing strength of Great Britain led by Laura Bechtolsheimer.

Moorlands Totilas on the final centerline. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Moorlands Totilas on the final centerline. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Jerich Parzival, a 13-year-old Jazz gelding ridden by Edward’s Dutch team mate Adelinde Cornelissen placed second on 82.542 per cent, which was shy of the world mark of 84.042 per cent that she set at the European Championships last August.

Parzival, she said, like all the other horses still had two months of training before going to the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Then, she said, she would be prepared to fight for the world championship. They are the only pair to beat Totilas since he began his Grand Prix career, which they have done twice–in the Grand Prix Special at the European Championships in 2009 and at Grand Prix in the World Cup Final at ‘s-Hertogonbosch in March.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Laura Bechtolsheimer on Mistral Hojris continued as a force at the highest levels to place third on 79.375 per cent with Germany’s Isabell Werth on her 2008 Olympic mount Satchmo fourth on 76.417 per cent.

Isabell on Satchmo led her team of relative rookies to a silver medal finish in the team competition behind The Netherlands. She had previously only been on a team with Matthias Alexander Rath and Sterntaler UNICEF, while Christoph Koschel on Donnpergnon and Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino were relative newcomers though both the children of distinguished competitors of yesteryear and trainers today.

“We have two experienced team members and two riders on young horses that are very talented and we believe we are competitive as today’s results show,” Isabell said. “If things remain the same, every one is giving the gold at Kentucky to the Dutch but we will hope to receive the silver.”

Just one year ago, the traditionally powerful German team was not expected to even medal at the European Championships in Windsor, though they ended up with bronze. In less than a year, they have emerged again as a powerhouse.

Christoph Koschel and Donnperignon after their Grand Prix Special ride. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Christoph Koschel and Donnperignon after their Grand Prix Special ride. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Tina Konyot and Calecto V of the USA placed at the top of the large non-European contingent, finishing in 10th place on 70.333 per cent. For Tina, of North Stonington, Connecticut this European tour of two competitions–Aachen and Fritzens-Schindlhof last month–has been a confirmation of the pair as the second best combination in the United States after Steffen Peters and Ravel who swept this CDIO a year ago following their World Cup championship.

Tina Konyot and Calecto V happy with their Grand Prix Special ride. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Tina Konyot and Calecto V happy with their Grand Prix Special ride. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Todd Flettrich and Otto had some costly mistakes but for their only European competition this tour they were happy with the results.

“Otto was confident without tension and, despite the mistakes, it was fantastic to do this well in this company… the best in the world,” Todd said.

Brett Parberry and Victory Salute. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Brett Parberry and Victory Salute. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Australia’s Brett Parberry on Victory Salute, although not a newcomer to premier international competition, nevertheless produced an unexpected result in this event with 13th place with 69.042 per cent, to make it to the freestyle.

Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer riding Augustin OLD, returning to top level competition after a schedule-busting colic, produced one of their best finishes ever for fifth place on 74.458 per cent that sparked the best fist pump of the show.

The well deserved fist pump from Victoria Max-Theurer on Augustin OLD. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
The well deserved fist pump from Victoria Max-Theurer on Augustin OLD. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

In the team competition that this year as a test of the formula to be used at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, results from both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special counted.

Those results were: 1. The Netherland2, 2. Germany, 3. Great Britain.

Complete Grand Prix Special scores:

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR Total Points Percentage
1 Moorlands Totilas
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Glendale
Edward  Gal (NED) NED 2075.00 86.458
2 Jerich Parzival
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
Adelinde  Cornelissen (NED) NED 1981.00 82.542
3 Mistral Hojris
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen
Laura  Bechtolsheimer (GBR) GBR 1905.00 79.375
4 Satchmo
G \ DarkBay \ 1994 \ Sao Paulo x Legat
Isabell  Werth (GER) GER 1834.00 76.417
5 Augustin OLD
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
Victoria  Max-Theurer (AUT) AUT 1787.00 74.458
6 Donnperignon
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
Christoph  Koschel (GER) GER 1784.00 74.333
7 Hunter Douglas Sunrise
M \ DarkBay \ 1994 \ Singular Joter x Werther
Imke  Schellekens-Bartels (NED) NED 1764.00 73.500
8 Dablino
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II
Anabel  Balkenhol (GER) GER 1752.00 73.000
9 Sterntaler-Unicef
G \ DarkBay \ 1995 \ Sion x Manstein
Matthias Alexander  Rath (GER) GER 1742.00 72.583
10 Calecto V
S \ Bay \ 0 \ Come Back II x Rastell
Tina  Konyot (USA) USA 1688.00 70.333
11 Eremo del Castegno
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
Valentina  Truppa (ITA) ITA 1685.00 70.208
12 Apollo van het Vijverhof
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Ritmeister
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL) BEL 1664.00 69.333
13 Victory Salute
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Salute x
Brett  Parbery (AUS) AUS 1657.00 69.042
14 Withney van’t Genthof
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ FERRO x BALZFLUG
Stefan  van Ingelgem (BEL) BEL 1651.00 68.792
15 Pop Art
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Amsterdam x Cabouchon
Ashley  Holzer (CAN) CAN 1650.00 68.750
16 Exquis Clearwater
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
Anne  van Olst (DEN) DEN 1630.00 67.917
17 Elmegardens Marquis
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Michellino x
Emile  Faurie (GBR) GBR 1624.00 67.667
18 Florett AS
S \ Black \ 1997 \ Florestan I x Urofino
Patrik  Kittel (SWE) SWE 1617.00 67.375
18 Whisper
M \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Wolkenstein II x Grenadier
Hiroshi  Hoketsu (JPN) JPN 1617.00 67.375
20 Anton
G \ DarkBay \ 2000 \ Antaeus x Melit
Belinda  Trussell (CAN) CAN 1611.00 67.125
21 Otto
G \ Bay \ 0 \ Rambo x Rampal
Todd  Flettrich (USA) USA 1605.00 66.875
22 Wie-Atlantico de Ymas
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Wie Weltmeyer x Rondo
Fiona  Bigwood (GBR) GBR 1597.00 66.542
23 Le Beau
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Le Coeur x Classiker
Philippe  Jorissen (BEL) BEL 1593.00 66.375
24 Relâmpago do Retiro
S \ Bay \ 1997 \ Luar x Argonauta
Hayley  Beresford (AUS) AUS 1577.00 65.708
25 G-Nidium
S \ Grey \ 1995 \ Perdiguero II x Pestillo
Rafael  Ortiz (ESP) ESP 1555.00 64.792
26 Jade de MV
S \ Grey \ 1999 \ Musico x Neptuno
Claudio  Castilla Ruiz (ESP) ESP 1538.00 64.083
27 Fogonero IX
S \ Bay \ 1989 \ Judio x
José María  Sanchez Cobos (ESP) ESP 1519.00 63.292
28 Seduc
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Induc x
Anne  Troensegaard (DEN) DEN 1509.00 62.875
29 Leonberg
S \ Bay \ 1994 \ Lonely Boy x Ramiros
Mikala Münter  Gundersen (DEN) DEN 1485.00 61.875
30 Pikardi
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Pointmaker x Daimont
Bonny  Bonnello (CAN) CAN 1454.00 60.583