Matthias Alexander Rath
His father is a trainer, his uncle a successful show jumper – no wonder that ever since he was little horses have played such a special role in Matthias Rath’s life. At the age of only one, he was already put on the back of a horse for the first time. In 2008, he celebrated his first German championship with Sterntaler-UNICEF, and as runner-up at the Grand Prix Special in Hagen, he was able to make himself known to an international audience. The partnership with Totilas, whose proud appearance and unbelievable will to do everything just right, allows him to take his sport to a new level.
The black horse itself decided that the Swedish woman should become the groom of the world’s most famous stallion. When Dagmar stood in front of Totilas’ horse box, he neighed excitedly and kicked at the gate. Now “Daggi” walks “Toto” every afternoon, takes care of his grooming 24/7 and looks after him with tender loving care.
Three consecutive European show jumping championship titles (in 1981, 83, and 85), which Totilas’ co-owner won with his famous Hanoverian gelding Deister, secured him his place in equestrian history. After a successful career, he built one of Europe’s biggest breeding centres in Mühlen …. raising among others the Olympic champion “The Freak” (with Ludger Beerbaum) as well as Walzerkönig (with Franke Sloothaak). Additionally, he coached people such as Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum or the current national team coach Otto Becker to become world-class riders.
Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff
The co-owner of the “Horse of the Century” won a gold medal for Germany in team dressage at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul; in 1990, she became world champion with the German team. In the year 2000, the certified veterinarian took over the Schafhof, the stud farm of her mother Liselott Linsenhoff, who made history in 1972 when she was the first woman to win Olympic gold in dressage. The traditional Schafhof is now Totilas’ home. Additionally to her sport, she set up her own foundation under the umbrella of UNICEF, the Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff UNICEF Foundation.
Among others, Rath learned his craft from “Reitmeister” Herbert Rehbein. He was running his own training stables for ten years and has earned an excellent reputation internationally due to his experience as a trainer. In addition to coaching his son and Totilas, he plays an active role as president of the Hesse Equestrian Federation and is also a member of the dressage board of the Deutsche Olympische Komitee für Reiterei (German Olympic Equestrian Committee).
Dr. Ina Gösmeier
Today, the former dressage rider Gösmeier is an internationally popular instructor and lecturer for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Providing everything from naturopathy, to acupuncture to chiropractic, she complements Totilas’ medical care. She goes by the maxim “to heal illnesses and preserve health”.
The agency MMP he founded in 1992 is a household name in the sports scene. They work as advisors at sports and cultural events, they market and organize their own events as well as TV productions and are service providers for associations, clubs and organizers. Additionally, he has been managing director of the Aachener Reitturnier GmbH since 1997, which markets the international horse show CHIO Aachen. Now, the “Sports Manager of the Year 2006″ also markets Totilas.
Totilas is the first horse in the history of equestrian sports that has its own press spokesman. Meesters was first involved in the PR organisation of CHIO Aachen’s Media Night in 2004, has been a PR advisor of the Fédération Équestre Nationale since 2007 and has also worked on major projects such as the America’s Cup 2007 or the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Perfectly connected in every which corner of the media landscape, he ensures the horse’s and rider’s proper public appearance.