Totilas & Matthias Dance to Victory in 1st Freestyle
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BALVE, Germany, June 19–Totilas performed his first competition Freestyle with Matthias Alexander Rath to music specially written for the pair and was the clear winning combination Sunday to cap their first German championship.
A huge crowd ignored chilly, rainy weather to pack this historic venue for the Freestyle debut by Matthias and the 11-year-old black stallion which received a score of 85.550 per cent from the all-German panel of five judges.
The World Equestrian Games team combination of Christoph Koschel and Donnperignon riding to their popular “Roxanne” music by The Police placed second with 82.450 per cent, with Isabell Werth and El Santo NRW, at 10 years old the youngest horse in the field, in third place on 82.400 per cent. The WEG team combination of Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino was fourth on 80.100 per cent.
This show decided the German team that will be one of nine countries competing for the Nations Cup at the CHIO in Aachen in mid-July which in turn will determine the squad for the European Championships in Rotterdam a month later. At the 2009 European Championships, Germany was third behind a Totilas-led Dutch team and Great Britain won silver.
In their third straight week of shows–this week was not an international competition, although Munich and Wiesbaden earlier this month were–Matthias and Totilas has become the dominant celebrity couple in German horse sports, similar to when the son of Gribaldi was trained and ridden by Edward Gal of The Netherlands through the WEG in Kentucky last year where they won all three gold medals up for grabs.
The pair began the six-minute Freestyle capitalizing on the horse’s extravagant passage and piaffe.
However, they had a mistake in the tempi changes, as they have in their competitions so far though it is less than six months since the partnership was formed after Totilas was bought by Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, the stepmother of Matthias and a German team gold medalist.
The orchestral music for the Freestyle by Matthias and Totilas was composed by world famous DJ and music producer, Paul van Dyk, a friend of the Rath-Linsenhoff family. It was the first freestyle produced and composed by Paul, who lives in Berlin and whose wife is a dressage rider.
|Grand Prix Freestyle results:
|1.||664||Totilas||Rath, Matthias Alexander||GER||4700 EUR||85.550 Punkte|
|R 11-j.H v.Gribaldi/M.v.Glendale/KWPN/NED08021/B: Linsenhoff u.Paul Schockemöhle,||Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V|
|2.||304||Donnperignon||Koschel, Christoph||GER||4000 EUR||82.450 Punkte|
|DF 12-j.W v.Donnerhall/M.v.Mozart II 79/FIN.WB./GER25410/B: Hof Beckerode GmbH,||RSC Osnabrücker Land e.V.|
|3.||313||El Santo NRW||Werth, Isabell||GER||3200 EUR||82.400 Punkte|
|B 10-j.W v.Ehrentusch/M.v.Rhythmus/RHLD/GER44504/B: Winter-Schulze,Madeleine||RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael|
|4.||273||Dablino||Balkenhol, Anabel||GER||2500 EUR||80.100 Punkte|
|DF 11-j.W v.De Niro/M.v.Wanderbursch II/HANN/GER41335/B: Balkenhol,Klaus||RV St.Georg Münster e.V.|
|5.||275||Damon Hill NRW||Langehanenberg, Helen||GER||1600 EUR||78.950 Punkte|
|DF 11-j.H v.Donnerhall/M.v.Rubinstein I/WESTF/GER26971/B: Becks,Christian||RV St.Georg Münster e.V.|
|6.||704||Whisper||Theodorescu, Monica||GER||1200 EUR||76.800 Punkte|
|F 13-j.W v.Welt Hit I O/M.v.Weltstar/WÜRTT/GER26878/B: Linsenhoff,Ann Kathrin||RFV Warendorf e.V.|
|7.||315||Elvis VA||Capellmann, Nadine||GER||800 EUR||75.500 Punkte|
|F 15-j.W v.Espri/M.v.Garibaldi II/HANN/GER27120/B: Capellmann,Nadine||RV Würselen 1925 e.V.|
|8.||442||Le Noir||Gräf, Uta||GER||600 EUR||73.250 Punkte|
|R 11-j.H v.Leandro/M.v.Caletto I/HOLST/GER46057/B: Herzog,Christiane||RFV Weisenheim am Sand e.V.|
|9.||397||Kaiserkult TSF||Schneider, Dorothee||GER||400 EUR||73.000 Punkte|
|DB 13-j.H v.Van Deyk/M.v.Gajus/TRAK./GER28230/B: Schneider,Dorothee||Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V|
|10.||768||Le Bo||Koppelmann, Carola||GER||400 EUR||72.850 Punkte|
|F 18-j.W /HANN./GER17584/B: Koppelmann, Carola||Kehdinger Reitclub e.V.|
|11.||53||Baldessarini||Capellmann-Lütkemeier, Gina||GER||300 EUR||70.200 Punkte|
|DB 12-j.S v.Breitling W/M.v.Diego xx/OLD/GER27523/B: Capellmann-Lütkemeier,Gina||RFV Paderborn e.V.|