Totilas & Matthias Alexander Rath Score 82.196% to Win Perl CDI4* Grand Prix Special, Another Best for Isabell & Bella Rose
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Totilas and Matthias Alexander Rath won the Peterhof CDI4* Grand Prix Special at Perl-Borg, Germany, Sunday, with a score slightly over a half percentage point better than Isabell Werth and the 10-year-old Bella Rose who posted a personal best of 81.647 per cent for second place.
The score of 82.196 per cent for Totilas compared with the highest Special score for the 14-year-old black KWPN stallion (Gribaldi x Glendale) with Matthias of 83.196 per cent at Wiesbaden, Germany on June 9 and led to the pair’s return to the German team by being named for the squad for the Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany in three weeks
With Edward Gal of the Netherlands, Totilas posted a high of 86.460 per cent at Aachen, Germany on July 17, 2010. The world record of 88.022 per cent is held by Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain on Valegro and was set in Hagen, Germany on April 29, 2012
Totilas, owned by Ann-Kathrin Linsenhof and Paul Schockemöhle, posted his highest ever Grand Prix score, 85.180 per cent two days ago. The result eclipsed the previous best Grand Prix score of 84.085 per cent when the horse was ridden by Edward Gal at the European Championships at Windsor, England in 2009.
The performances at this show–the result in the Special brought down by mistakes in both the one and two-tempi changes–came in only their third event since returning five weeks ago from an absence of two years to recover from an injury.
In that time, Matthias switched to training with Sjef Janssen, the Dutch team coach when Edward and the stallion competed, instead of his father, Klaus Martin Rath who had been coach since Totilas changed ownership after the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky four years ago.
Matthias and Totilas racked up seven marks of 10 in their ride in the Special while Isabell and Bella Rose posted six 10s.
In the Grand Prix on Friday, Isabell Werth and Bella Rose scored 80.100 per cent to move the rider into the exclusive Grand Prix 80 per cent club.
Isabell and the 10-year-old Westfalen mare (Belissimo M x Cacir), owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze, have been competing at the Big Tour only since May of 2013 and their previous best Grand Prix Special result was 78.458 per cent at Frankfurt last Christmas.
Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH, on the German silver medal team at the 2012 London Olympic Games, placed third on 79.725 per cent. Their highest Special score was 81.978 per cent at Dortmund, Germany more than two years ago.
The German team for Aachen was announced as:
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW
Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas
Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH
Isabell Werth and Bella Rose (Don Johnson FRH as an alternative)
“It was a mere formality for the Dressage Committee,” the German federation said in announcing the team. “After the success in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special of the tournament in Perl-Borg and the two very good tests at the Wiesbaden tournament Matthias Alexander Rath and 14-year-old Dutch stallion Totilas again belong to the championship squad. Isabell Werth’s Bella Rose also deserved their place in the main squad because of their outstanding achievements in Perl-Borg.”
Aachen could see a major battle of the top combinations in the world with Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, the world’s No. 1 partnership and holder of all three world Grand Prix records, scheduled to compete as is Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival N.O.P., the Netherlands leading pair.
Adelinde and Parzival will be joined by young superstar Danielle Heijkoop on Kingsley Siro, Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Romanov and Katja Gevers on Thriller.
“It’s good that we have just expanded the Deutsche Bank Stadium,” said CHIO Aachen tournament director Frank Kemperman.
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