Totilas the legendary dressage horse has died after a severe attack of colic, aged 20. The news was confirmed by Matthias Rath, who was the horses German dressage rider stating “We will miss you so much and never forget you.”
Totilas, with his former rider Edward Gal from the Netherlands came into the dressage spotlight back in June 2009 in their grand prix debut when they scored 79.14%. Two months later at the European Championships in Windsor the pair then became the first horse to score over 90% resulting in them winning Individual Gold. Speaking after their success Edward said “Windsor was his first Europeans and his first big championship. We had the castle lit up behind the arena and it was really magical.”
In 2009, Edward and Totilas pair broke the world freestyle record at Olympia with 92.3% and in March 2010 they were crowned World Cup Champions followed by three gold medals at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Later that year Totilas was sold to Paul Schockemöhle, who retained breeding rights and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff who brought the riding rights for her stepson Matthias Rath. Together they had a successful 2011 season, however Matthias got glandular fever and therefore they were unable to compete in the 2012 London Olympic games.
Totilas was retired to stud in 2015 at the Rath/Linsenhoff base Gestüt Schafhof, near Frankfurt.