Totilas is the name that many dressage riders all over the world will recognize and I’m sure reflect on.
A stunning black stallion that captivated the hearts of so many, and I’m sure he featured in lots of peoples’ dreams.
The combination of Edward Gal and Totilas looked like they were on top of the world and there to stay for many years to come, until the announcement on October 13th, 2010 that Totilas had been sold.
His new rider was the young German rider Matthias Rath, and Totilas would be used to cover mares at the Paul Schockemohle stud in Germany.
Now it’s October 2013 and although there has been some news bulletins now again about Totilas and his rider, we know little of the whereabouts and progress of this combination and they have failed to compete for Germany at any major tournaments.
When Totilas was sold the Dutch felt robbed of the chance to continue conquering the dressage world, and their closest rivals Germany were expecting to take their place with Andreas Rath and Totilas leading the way. Up till now, new riders and horses have appeared on the scene, but no Matthias and Totilas!
Like me, I’m sure that many of you often wonder what’s happened. Will we still see this fantastic horse in the Grand Prix with Matthias Rath, or possibly another rider? I even wondered at one point if there was a chance that Totilas would be reunited with Edward Gal, but quickly realised that would most likely never happen.
It looks like the partnership of Matthias Rath and Totilas hasn’t turned out to be what was expected of them.
I sincerely believe that a horse and rider need to form a team in order to be successful together.
I’m sure that many of you know that special feeling when you sit on a horse for the first time and know, this is “the one” !
Maybe that wasn’t the case with Matthias and Totilas.
Totilas is a legend and for many years to come I’m sure we’ll still think and day dream about him.
He has children and I imagine there are more on the way, so we can wait and see if his sons and daughters follow in his footsteps and be curious about what they achieve.
Time will tell!