Dressage German Team Hopeful Totilas and Matthias Rath Not Competing in London

Just one year after their victory at Aachen CHIO, it was announced the Totilas and Matthias Alexander Rath will not be headed to the Olympics due to the riders' illness with mononucleosis.
Photo: Mary Phelps - phelpsphotos.com
Just one year after their victory at Aachen CHIO, it was announced the Totilas and Matthias Alexander Rath will not be headed to the Olympics due to the riders' illness with mononucleosis.
Photo: Mary Phelps - phelpsphotos.com

Totilas (Gribaldi x Glendale), the 12-year-old black super stallion, will not compete at the Olympics in London because rider Matthias Alexander Rath is still very ill with mononucleosis, the German Federation announced yesterday in Aachen. Klaus Roeser, who heads up the dressage selection committee of the German federation, made the announcement about the health of Matthias and stressed that Totilas was found fit when showed by father and trainer Klaus Martin Rath. The original plan to visit Totilas ridden by Mathias Rath today is cancelled now. "With the bad luck of Totilas we have a new situation," Roeser said, explaining that the German federation will review all the rides and possibilities and will announce the team on Sunday.

It's a disappointment not for the German only that the world's best known dressage horse will not appear in London. When ridden by Edward Gal of the Netherlands, Totilas held the world record scores for the Grand Prix, the Special and the Freestyle. Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro already took over the record in Grand Prix Special scoring 88,022% at the Horses and Dreams CDI in Hagen.

Olympian Ludger Beerbaum spoke some other words on the misfortune of Rath. He said that Totilas was a miracle in the hands of Edward Gal and that 50% of the miracle alone in Germany is not enough.




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