Jan K. Schuil and Anna Visser raised Totilas, who saw the light of the world on 23 May 2000 in Broeksterwoude in the Netherlands. At the age of five, Totilas had his first big moment of glory as a dressage horse at a tournament in Verden. Back then, the black stallion had already been assessed as having extraordinary talents by experts and the press. A year later, Totilas’ then owner, Kees Visser of the Moorlands Stables, allowed the Dutchman Edward Gal to ride the extremely talented horse.
Tournament victories and world records
The black stallion got along swimmingly with his rider Gal and achieved huge successes after only a short time, starting with the Dutch championship in the summer of 2009, and, after that, the CHIO, the World Equestrian Festival, in Rotterdam. At least since the European championship in the same year, Totilas has become a star. He won gold in team, silver in the Grand Prix Spécial and a second gold medal in the Grand Prix freestyle, setting two new world records with his individual results (84.085 % in Grand Prix Dressage and 90.750% in Grand Prix Freestyle). Before the end of 2009, Totilas improved his own world record together with Gal in the Grand Prix Freestyle achieving 92.300 % at the World Cup in London. Totilas set the third world record (Grand Prix Spécial with 86.458 %) at the CHIO Aachen CDIO5* in 2010. In the following years, further tournament victories added to the world records. Totilas gave the most impressive performance at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, when he won three gold medals at once with Edward Gal and the Dutch team.
Totilas under German flag
In October 2010, “Toto” changed owners. Paul Schockemöhle and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff bought the extraordinary horse. Ever since, Totilas’ new rider has been Matthias Alexander Rath, Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff’s stepson. The new duo has also got on well together right from the start: Totilas and Rath won the 2011 German championship in the Grand Prix Spécial and in the Grand Prix Freestyle. And at the CHIO Aachen CDIO 5*, they emerged as the winners in all three individual disciplines. Only at the European championship did they fail to win any individual medals for Germany but they finished runner-up to the European champion in the team discipline. In May 2012, following an eight month break from competition, Totilas and Matthias Rath managed a more than impressive comeback and proofed to be among the world leaders. Despite a tough pressure from the media they showed a world- class performance. With a score of 83,809 % at the Grand Prix de Dressage they marginally missed Totilas´ world record from 2010. For the premier of the new and stirring Freestyle composed to Michael Jackson´s famous chimes they gained an excellent score of 88,07 %. A brilliant start for the Olympic Games and a proof for the growing and working partnership between horse and rider.