Totilas breaks another world record

By: Horse Deals

Totilas breaks another world record
Record breakers: Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas
The Netherlands' Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas set a new world record in the grand prix freestyle for the third time this year when scoring 92.30% to win the fourth leg of the FEI World Cup Dressage series at the Grand Hall at Olympia.

The combination who received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic packed audience, gave a confident performance that put them in a class of their own with the nine-year-old stallion happily at ease and impressing the judges with his off-the-floor paces.

"He's always really relaxed, the only problem is that he gets distracted by things going on around him but he's not worried about them, just interested, and so sometimes loses his attention" said Edward. "Tonight he felt just great"

His plan for Totilas now is to compete at the FEI World Cup Dressage Final at s'Hertogenbosch in March and at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky later in the year "and that we both have fun while we are doing it!" he added.

Dutch duo Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival who suffered from moments of nervous tension, held on for second place with 82.05%, while Carl Hester with Donald McTaggart's Liebling II were best of the Brits in third with 78.45%.

Ground jury president, Stephen Clarke, summed up: "The judges did a great job, they reacted to what they saw. Tonight Carl did his best grand prix ever, Adelinde coped really well in difficult circumstances and Edward left me speechless!"

RESULT: 1, Moorlands Totilas (Edward Gal) Ned 92.30%; 2, Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) Ned 82.05%; 3, Liebling 11 (Carl Hester) GBR 78.45%; 4, Andretti H (Laura Bectolsheimer) GBR 77.35%; 5, Hiscox Artemis (Richard Davison) GBR 75.15%; 6, Cadillac (Catherine Haddad) USA 73.60%; 7, Apollo van het Vijverhof (Jeroen Devroe) Bel 72.25%; 8, Ovation (Christa Larakkers) Ned 72.20%; 9, Louis d'Or (Henriette Andersen) GBR 70.20%; 10, Mr President (Stephanie Croxford) GBR 69.70%; 11, Whitni Star (Marc Boblet) Fra 69.65%; 12, Fitzcerraldo (Judith Harvey) GBR 69.00%; 13, Exquis Clearwater (Anne Van Olst) Den 67.85%.