Totilas & Matthias Alexander Rath Skyrocket to No. 25 in World

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Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

July 6, 2014

Totilas, that ruled the world rankings when ridden by Edward Gal, has skyrocketed back into the top 25 after Matthias Alexander Rath rode the black stallion in just three shows over five weeks following an absence of more than two years from the competition arena.

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the Dutch combination that dethroned Totilas from the top spot, jumped into fourth place from 67th the previous month on the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings after a light winter and spring show schedule.

Isabell Werth and Bella Rose made an almost equally dramatic climb in the rankings to No. 8 from No. 64.

The Matthias-Totilas partnership that was dropped from the rankings as scores from only the previous 12 months count, was restored to the standings last month at No. 400 after their first show back, at Kapellen, Belgium the end of May.

The comeback for Matthias and the 14-year-old KWPN stallion has been dramatic–six victories in six starts at three shows–Wiesbaden and Perl, both in Germany, followed Kapellen–to acummulate 1,939 points for 25th place.

The latest rankings were released just 10 days away from when Totilas will be on the German team at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany where they will compete head-to-head with the top in the world.

Among those at Aachen will be Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and Valegro, the No. 1 ranked combination for the 11th straight month with 3,138 points.

Helen Langehanenberg of Germany on Damon Hill NRW remains at No. 2 while Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover are still at No. 3.

FEI rankings as of June 30, 2014:

Rank Prev.   Rider   Horse NF Points
1 1
DUJARDIN, Charlotte
  VALEGRO GBR 3138
2 2
LANGEHANENBERG, Helen
  DAMON HILL NRW GER 2917
3 3
GAL, Edward
  GLOCK’S UNDERCOVER N.O.P. NED 2682
4 67
CORNELISSEN, Adelinde
  JERICH PARZIVAL N.O.P. NED 2533
5 4
VILHELMSON SILFVÉN, Tinne
  DON AURIELLO SWE 2413
6 6
SPREHE, Kristina
  DESPERADOS FRH GER 2384
7 5
KASPRZAK, Anna
  DONNPERIGNON DEN 2320
8 64
WERTH, Isabell
  BELLA ROSE 2 GER 2235
9 10
HEIJKOOP, Danielle
  KINGSLEY SIRO N.O.P. NED 2229
10 8
WERTH, Isabell
  EL SANTO NRW GER 2226
11 7
WERTH, Isabell
  DON JOHNSON FRH GER 2226
12 11
TRUPPA, Valentina
  FIXDESIGN EREMO DEL CASTEGNO ITA 2203
13 13
VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica
  UNEE BB GER 2133
14 14
LÜTKEMEIER, Fabienne
  D’AGOSTINO FRH GER 2130
15 12
DUJARDIN, Charlotte
  UTHOPIA GBR 2123
16 18
MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
  GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN NED 2096
17 15
SALZGEBER, Ulla
  HERZRUF’S ERBE GER 2076
18 16
MAX-THEURER, Victoria
  AUGUSTIN OLD AUT 2055
19 19
PETERSEN, Lars
  MARIETT DEN 2003
20 21
KITTEL, Patrick
  TOY STORY SWE 1989
21 22
EILBERG, Michael George
  HALF MOON DELPHI GBR 1987
22 20
MINDERHOUD, Hans Peter
  GLOCK’S ROMANOV NED 1983
23 23
MERRALD, NANNA SKODBORG
  MILLIBAR DEN 1960
24 52
TELDE, Minna
  SANTANA SWE 1956
25 400
RATH, Matthias Alexander
  TOTILAS GER 1939