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Famous dressage horse Totilas has returned to competition

The beautiful black stallion Totilas made a comeback to competition on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Belgium. He had been a leading dressage horse champion until he dropped out a couple of years ago. He made a good return, winning the CD13 Grand Prix test at Kapellan.

A profile head study of Totilas
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Totilas is poetry in motion
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The stallion was ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath for Germany. Their team was a late entry to Kapellan even though Rath was entered at the show with two other horses. Together they scored 78.68, beating out Sweden’s entry of Zircoon Spring Flower ridden by Jennie Larsen with 70.76. The Belgian team of Avec Plaisir and rider Laurence Vanommeslaghe took third with a score of 69.42.

Totilas was sold on Oct. 14, 2010 for a staggering amount between 10 and 15 million Euros to Paul Schockemoehle, a German horse breeder. The stunning performer had been ridden to his impressive wins by Edward Gal. After the sale to Schockemoehle, Totilas only showed sporadically. He did not qualify for the Olympic 2012 Games held in London. The stallion was last seen in a competition appearance in June of 2012.

Totilas is a Dutch dressage horse whose full name is Moorlands Totilas. He was bred by J.K. Schuil and A. Visser, and was owned by the Moorlands Stables. His sire is Gribaldi (now deceased) out of Lominka by Glendale. Totilas was foaled on May 23, 2000.

In quick succession, Totilas set three world records but broke them himself a number of times in only two years. He won every dressage title he could including winning two times individual gold and team gold at the World Championships in 2010, individual and team gold at the European Championships in 2010, World Cup win in 2010, best horse of German silver team in 2011, Grand Prix Special in Munich, Grand Prix Special in Wiesbaden, two-time German Champion in Valve and winner of all three competitions in Aachen. In 2009 Totilas was crowned KWPN Horse of the Year.

Totilas is the first horse in the world to score over 90 percent – his score was 92.30 percent.

The brilliant black stallion is spectacular in his performances. Hopefully, Totilas will participate in other competitions in the future.

To see Totilas with his previous expert rider, Edward Gal, please watch this amazing video.

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