Euro News - Totilas, Global Dressage Sensation, Passed Away
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Posted by Astrid Appels for Eurodressage.com
Totilas, the dressage horse that became the biggest sensation in global equestrian sport, has passed away. The 20-year old KWPN stallion succumbed to colic on Monday night 14 December 2020.
Totilas was by Gribaldi out of Lominka (by Glendale x Akteur). He was bred by Jan Schuil and Anna Visser.
First trained and competed by the Friesian rider Jiska van den Akker, Totilas made his first claim to fame at the World young horse championships in Verden, where he finished fourth.
In 2006 the black stallion sold to Dutch millionaire Cees Visser and the ride was allocated to Edward Gal.
Gal and Totilas
Gal and Totilas made their show debut at the national show in Schaijk, The Netherlands in July 2007, where they scored 73.3% in the Prix St Georges.
Their first big bang at the 2008 CDIO Aachen where they won the small tour classes
In 2009 they won the Dutch Championships and went to the 2009 European Dressage Championships in Windsor, where they shattered World Records and heralded a new era in dressage sport (and judging).
Young Horse Championships
In 2010 they won the World Cup Finals and went to the 2010 World Equestrian Games, where they won triple gold. Edward Gal and Totilas were unbeatable and the black stallion was carried and beloved by the crowds like no other dressage horse has ever done before.
11,2 Million Euro
The black got sold in 2010 for a rumoured record price of 11,200,000 euro.
The sale sent a shock wave through the horse world. Many fans mourned the break-up of the combination Gal/Totilas and voiced emotional opinions on social media. The end of this partnership led to major polarisation and heated discussions on social media, which still spark up a decade later. In addition to the break-up, the sale of a Dutch horse to a German rival was not appreciated by many.
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