Totilas the myth of Dressage

Totilas is officilay retired from competition sport. Totilas leaves an indelible mark in the history of modern dressage

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Totilas represents the best expression of sport horse. Beauty, cleverness, elegance, boldness. Totilas has been the king of dressage ring for years. But we will never see him again in competition. The news is official and it heralds the end of an era: Totilas, the world record breaker that lifted dressage and dressage judging to a new level in 2009, has been retired from competition sport. The 15-year old Dutch warmblood stallion Totilas (by Gribaldi x Glendale) reached the top of the dressage world winning an impressive number of medals under the saddle of Dutch Edward Gal. Then, in 2010 he was bought and the was co-owned by Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff and Paul Schockemohle.
Linsenhoff owned the sports rights and gave the ride on the stallion to her step son Matthias Rath, Paul Schockemohle owns the breeding rights and has briefly stood Totilas up for stud for a stud fee of 8,000 euro. Since Totilas moved to Germany in the winter of 2010 he has represented the country only once in all three rounds: at the 2011 European Championships in Rotterdam, where he finished with team silver and fifth individually. 2011 turned out to be the duo's most successful competition year in their career. They also won the national title in Balve.
Unfortunately after winning the 2012 CDIO Aachen, Totilas got injured and missed out on the Olympic Games. It took him two years to recover from injury and Rath made his comeback in May 2014. He won the CDI Kapellen and Wiesbaden and two rounds at the CDIO Aachen before withdrawing for the freestyle because of another injury. In 2015 Totilas did one test show at a local event in Hulten, The Netherlands, before heading to the CDIO Hagen in July, where he was immediately selected on the German team for the 2015 European Championships in Aachen. Matthias schooling Totilas the day before the team competition in Aachen. The day of the Grand Prix Totilas went into the dressage ring but he was clearly injured: the horse lame in the trot extensions and half passes. One day after the team test at the 2015 Europeans Totilas was withdrawn from further competition and transported to an equine clinic in Belgium, where he was diagonised with periostitis of the coronet band on the left hind hoof. Last Tuesday 18 August 2015, the Linsenhoff family and Paul Schockemohle communicated through the German Equestrian Federation that the horse would be retired from competition sport. They issued the following statement: "As has already become known through many sources, Totilas was diagnosed with periostitis last weekend. Because of this new injury we have mutually decided to retire him from active competition sport. Totilas will not return to competition sport in the future." Dennis Peiler, the managing director of the German Equestrian Federation said: "This decision was a very difficult one for the family, but we believe this step is careful and right. Unfortunately the sport career of Matthias Rath and Totilas was never set under a good constellation from the start…".