Totilas with Matthias Alexander Rath Edges up to No. 2 in World

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Totilas being ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath competing at Hagen, Germany, last weekend. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 4–Totilas, ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath, of Germany edged up to No. 2 in the world, the highest ranking so far for the pair, and behind The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, according to the latest monthly standings to the end of April.

Adelinde and Parzival, who last month became World Cup champion for the second year in a row, have held the top spot in the FEI, International Equestrian Federation, rankings since July 31, 2011, replacing at the top, Totilas, who had been ridden by her compatriot, Edward Gal, until the sale of the black stallion after the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Matthias and Totilas made their first appearance on the world rankings at position 169 as of the end of June, 2011. Two months later, the pair moved up to third place before slipping back a notch when they did not compete for eight months until Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain CDI4* in Hagen, Germany, where they won both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle last weekend.

The German combination pushed Great Britain’s Carl Hester and Uthopia out to fourth place with Laura Beahctolsheimer and Mistral Hojris in third.

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro consolidated the combination’s fifth place after a Grand Prix Special world record score at Hagen, and is the third combination in the British squad that has bulldozed its way to into filling three of the top five spots in the rankings.

Four German pairs filled the sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th places, the latter being the 26-year-old superstar Kristina Sprehe and Desperados.

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H.B.C. were eighth in the rankings.