The silver anniversary of the World Cup Finals was painted black. Edward Gal and Tosca Visser's black KWPN licensed stallion Totilas prevailed in the Kur to Music finals in the Brabanthallen in 's Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, on Saturday afternoon 27 March 2010. The ruling couple fulfilled all expectations and scored 89.800% to earn the World Cup trophy. EuroDressage's Astrid Appels was on the scene with in depth reporting and photos.
Though the point difference with second placed Adelinde Cornelissen was considerable (82.850), winning title was not Gal and Totilas' usual walk in the park. The sympathetic 40-year old Dutch rider definitely felt the pressure after oddly 'losing' to Adelinde in the Grand Prix.
"When I went in the ring, I was really terrified," Gal admitted to the crowds during the prize giving ceremony. He was unsure whether Totilas would be a hot tamale as he was in the Grand Prix or not. But as the test progressed and level of greatness were being reached, Gal felt more relaxed and was able to enjoy the ride.