Totilas Sweeps Aachen CDIO with 90+% In Freestyle

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


AACHEN, Germany, July 18–Moorlands Totilas was ridden by Edward Gal to a convincing win in the CDIO Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday but even some “small mistakes” did not prevent them scoring 90.964 per cent, still the only horse ever to receive a mark better than 90 per cent.

Dutch team mates Adelinde Cornelissen still developing Jerich Parzival to peak at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky at the end of September placed second on 85.607 per cent and Imke Schellekens-Bartels on Hunter Douglas Sunrise at 81.000 per cent.

A new up tempo “beer and bratwurst” freestyle by Isabell Werth on her Olympic mount Satchmo appeared to be enjoyed by the predominantly sold out German crowd but mistakes in the one-tempi changes and Satchmo kicking out in the piaffe proved costly and they finished fourth on 80.786 per cent which prompted some boos.

Moorlands Totilas competed at Aachen 2010 for the first time at Grand Prix–the pair showed at small tour in 2008–and swept the CDIO Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special with a new world record score and the freestyle before sellout crowds in the 5,000-seat Deutsche Bank Stadium. Large crowds watched the warm up arenas. The USA’s Steffen Peters performed the same feat in 2009, but did not compete here this year preferring to save Ravel for the WEG though he came to support American riders Tina Konyot and Todd Flettrich.

Todd Flettrich, Tina Konyot and Steffen Peters. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Todd Flettrich, Tina Konyot and Steffen Peters. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

The USA’s Tina Konyot on Calecto V was “very, very, very happy” with her eighth place finish on 73.643 per cent in only their second competition in Europe in preparation for the U.S. selection trials for the WEG.

“This is the first time we have ever shown three competitions in one show–the Grand Prix, the Special and the Freestyle,” she said. “I thought he might be tired but he got better every day.”

Although the music was the same as previous freestyles, they performed new choreography that was well received by judges and she will use it in Kentucky.

“We got lots of nice compliments from the judges and other riders,” she said, “which means a lot as we were competing against the best of the best. I was also able to watch them and to see what will help us make it better.”

Tina Konyot and Calecto V. © 2010 Ilse Schwarz/
Tina Konyot and Calecto V. © 2010 Ilse Schwarz/

The field of starters dropped by two combinations–Germans Anabel Balkenhol who was to have ridden Dablino and Matthias Alexander Rath on Sterntaler UNICEF who both suffered serious stomach upsets.

Canada’s Ashley Holzer rode Pop Art although she, too, came down with what she said was food poisoning and “felt dreadful” but insisted on riding and turned in a score of 71.321 per cent that a check of the official records indicated was the lowest freestyle score ever by the combination that competed at the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 World Cup Final.

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

Edward and the 10-year-old black stallion received 24 “10s,” although there were seven judges, two more than usual as part of a test to find ways to improve dressage judging.

“It still had a great feeling, even if we did make two mistakes,” Edward said–breaking into canter in one of the extended trots and taking one canter stride in the middle of a piaffe.

“I wanted too much and gave the aids too strongly,” he said. “But these are small errors that won’t happen again.”

Edward said that although Totilas is being used at stud this competition season with sperm being taken three times a week it has had little affect on his behavior–“he just whinnies a bit more than usual in the stable.”

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

Adelinde integrated an extremely difficult exercise into Parzival’s freestyle routine: A half-pirouette in piaffe to the right followed immediately by a half-pirouette to the left.

“Parzival was totally concentrated in the arena, he didn’t let himself get distracted at all.” she said.

“In the past he was very nervous when he entered a stadium like this, but now he seems to like the crowds more and more. I was very pleased with his performance here.“

Isabell, who is a 10-time winner of the CDIO in Aachen, was visibly disappointed with her result.

“Satchmo has improved here from day to day and he presented himself very well here today. He was extremely motivated, unfortunately he made a mistake in the one-tempi changes and kicked himself in the second piaffe,“ she said

Her new freestyle choreography to the music of Roberto Blanco and Tom Jones contained some surprising elements.

“In the past I often had such heavy music and now I wanted something special with a positive influence. I enjoy riding to this music.” She and Edward Gal were the only combinations to receive a standing ovation from the crowd.

German team newcomer Christoph Koschel finished seventh with 75,00 percent.

“Donnperignon ran out of steam a little bit today. He hasn’t started in three tests at one competition very often. But he remained very relaxed in spite of this atmosphere,” he said. “I deliberately didn’t push him too much in the warm-up arena.“

Victoria Max-Theurer, who has competed in two Olympics for Austria, came sixth on 78.50 per cent on Augustin competing at only his third show since a colic operation last year.

“He has proved that he has made a very good comeback,“ the 24-year-old rider said.

Brett Parberry riding Victory Salute one-handed in the final passage. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Brett Parberry riding Victory Salute one-handed in the final passage. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Australia’s Brett Parberry on Victory Salute scored 73.179 per cent for 10th place in what Brett said was “the best he’s ever been, for sure” with impressive results in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special that qualified them for the final 16 in the freestyle.

The 14-year-old gelding, he said, is stronger than ever.

Training most recently with Edward Gal, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Nicole Werner and previously with Ulla Salzgeber and Hubertus Schmidt has allowed him to incorporate bits that work with the Caroline Lieutenant-owned horse.

Complete Grand Prix Freestyle results:

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR Total Points %
1 Moorlands Totilas – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Glendale
Edward  Gal (NED)
Moorland Stables
NED 30000 1273.50 90.964
2 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
Adelinde  Cornelissen (NED)
W.P.J. Cornelissen & M.A. Cornelissen & H. Jerich, J.H. Koers
NED 18000 1198.50 85.607
3 Hunter Douglas Sunrise – HANN
M \ DarkBay \ 1994 \ Singular Joter x Werther
Imke  Schellekens-Bartels (NED)
P.A.J. Smarius
NED 13500 1134.00 81.000
4 Satchmo – HANN
G \ DarkBay \ 1994 \ Sao Paulo x Legat
Isabell  Werth (GER)
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, Birgitte Werth
GER 9000 1131.00 80.786
5 Mistral Hojris – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ Michellino x Ibsen
Laura  Bechtolsheimer (GBR)
Laura Bechtolsheimer
GBR 5000 1127.00 80.500
6 Augustin OLD – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
Victoria  Max-Theurer (AUT)
Max-Theurer Elisabeth, Schloss Achleiten
AUT 3500 1099.00 78.500
7 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
Christoph  Koschel (GER)
Hof Beckerode GmbH
GER 2500 1050.00 75.000
8 Calecto V – DWB
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Come Back II x Rastell
Tina  Konyot (USA)
Tina Konyot & John Byrialsen
USA 1500 1031.00 73.643
9 Apollo van het Vijverhof – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Welt Hit II x Ritmeister
Jeroen  Devroe (BEL)
Jeroen Devroe
BEL 1000 1028.00 73.429
10 Victory Salute – AWHA
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Salute x
Brett  Parbery (AUS)
Carolyn Lieutenant
AUS 1000 1024.50 73.179
11 Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
Valentina  Truppa (ITA)
Gavan s.r.l.
ITA 1000 1010.00 72.143
12 Anton – SACHS
G \ DarkBay \ 2000 \ Antaeus x Melit
Belinda  Trussell (CAN)
Robyn Eames
CAN 1000 1009.00 72.071
13 Pop Art – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Amsterdam x Cabouchon
Ashley  Holzer (CAN)
Rusty Holzer, Moreen Nicoll
CAN 1000 998.50 71.321
14 Withney van’t Genthof – BWP
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ FERRO x BALZFLUG
Stefan  van Ingelgem (BEL)
VM Invest Van Malderen Bart & Tereza
BEL 1000 991.00 70.786
15 Exquis Clearwater – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
Anne  van Olst (DEN)
Dhr. A.M. Kies & Mevr. A. van Olst, Anna Van Olst
DEN 1000 982.50 70.179