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