Totilas May Be Back in Show Arena in 2014, German Media Reports

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Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas in 2012. their last CDI before health issues to horse and rider took them out of competitionin. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas in 2012, their last CDI before health issues to horse and rider took them out of competitionin. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

November 27, 2013

Totilas could be back in the show ring in the spring, the German daily Der Siegel reported Wednesday, that would mean almost two years since the last competition for the black stallion.

“We hope he will appear again at a show in the spring of 2014,” Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International, a co-owner with Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff of the KWPN stallion, was quoted by the newspaper.

Totilas, ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath who is Ann Kathrin’s stepson, will be 14 years of age in 2014.

The pair will resume training with Sjef Janssen, the former Netherlands’ team coach.

“He has recovered from his injury, but still not quite fit,” according to Klaus-Martin Rath, Mathias’s father who coached his son for two years on Totilas when the horse was bought after being trained and competed at Grand Prix by Edward Gal for two years, racking up world records at all three levels, capturing the 2010 World Cup title and winning gold medals at both the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2009 European Championships.

Since Totilas (Gribaldi x Glendale) changed hands in October, 2010 the horse’s show schedule has been plaued with injuries and illness, beginning with a hoof problem that delayed the debut with Matthias in the spring of 2011. After the German championships in Balve in June, 2012 Matthias reported he was suffering from mononucleosis so the pair would miss the London Olympics then, after the next goal was set as the 2013 World Cup Final, Totilas was injured in a semen collection accident that has kept him out of the show ring for all of 2013.

In the meantime, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro of Great Britain now hold the world record scores for the Grand Prix and the Special but the Freestyle title that was set in 2009 is still held by Edward Gal.

Totilas has been recovering at the Linsenhoff estate near Frankfurt.