Euro Update: Mattias Alexander Rath Beats German Olympic Team Riders

The 24-year old German rider Mattias Alexander Rath won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the CDI Dortmund beating all three German Olympic team gold medallist of the Hong Kong Games. Aboard his stepmother Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff's Sterntaler Unicef (by Sion) Rath scored 75.66% and 75,75% to win both classes and beat Isabell Werth on Warum Nicht FRH twice.

Photo courtesy: Barbara Schnell - www.bschnell.de

Rath spent the past eight month on his business management studies and made his show come back in Dortmund. His Grand Prix Special victory made him win  the 2009 Meggle's Show Circuit  and a purse  of 12,500 euro. 

"It's a great feeling to win here in Dortmund against such strong competitors," Rath said. "We had a long break from showing and used it to work on many things, to be more secure in the test." The young Mattias Alexander has two trainers, his father Klaus-Martin Rath at home and Klaus Balkenhol. "I think it's not only an advantage [to have two trainers] for my own development as a rider, but also for the horses. It's very important to learn new things."

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Carlos Torrell Jane and Upido C-TL, Spanish Shooting Stars

A new Spanish star combination has been born, Carlos Torrell Jane and Upido C-TL . At the 2009 Sunshine Tour CDI in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, the Barcelona based Torrell has reached the highest echelons at small tour level with his Dutch warmblood Upido C-TL and proved that they have much in store for the future.

The 2009 Sunshine Tour was one big conquest for Torrell who consistently placed in the top five in a field of international stars such as Lone Jorgensen and Beatriz Ferrer-Salat. The first week he twice covered third place at small tour level with 68,158% and 67,632%. One week later he won the Prix St Georges with an impressive 71,228% and ranked third in the Intermediaire I (68,596%). A true consistent scorer, Torrell finished the last week of competition on the Sunshine tour with a triple second place scoring 69,421%, 68,316% and 70,917%.

Braving incredibly windy weather at the Sunshine tour, the three-week dressage event was an outstanding learning experience for Torrell and his 8-year old KWPN stallion Upido. "Upido and I improved much test by test. We learnt especially to have confidence and to stay calm in the arena, even while we had really bad weather with wind and rain for many days."

Torrell's partner in crime Upido C TL is a Dutch warmblood stallion by Ferro x Amethist, which he discovered at a small breeding farm in The Netherlands when the colt was one and half years old. Torrell purchased him immediately with his partner Francisco Triquell, a Spanish breeder and owner of the stud farm Circulo Alferesi Yeguada Las Tijeras.

The 40-year old Carlos Torrell has been a professional rider since he was 16 years old and runs a sales and training facility with thirty dressage horses and young horses in the small town of Granollers, close to Barcelona. His daily job consists of training horses of all levels. When he's not in the saddle, Torrell is on the ground teaching his students and selling horses. He is regularly hired as clinician in Spain and the U.S.A. Though Torrell trains independently at home, he has trained on several occasions with the Spanish team with team coach Jan Bemelmans.

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