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Breeders interested in using Totilas on their mares will now find him considerably more affordable — although still not cheap — after his stud fee dropped by a massive €5,500 (£4,128).

The famous black dressage stallion by Gribaldi formerly commanded a €8,000 fee for chilled semen — this has now fallen to €2,500 (£1,875) on the Schockemöhle stud’s website.

“We will be exactly the same price as the stud, as we are with all their stallions, with exactly the same terms,” Lorna Wilson, of Totilas’ British agent Elite Stallions, told H&H.

She added that she is yet to confirm with the stud that the terms of the stud fee are the same as they were in previous years.

The news comes in the same week as Totilas’ son, the rising five-year-old Glock’s Toto Jr (Totilas x Desperados), won the KWPN stallion competition in Zuidbroek with an impressive 92 points on 11 January.

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Ms Wilson added that the demand within the UK for Totilas as a sire “has always been quite strong”.

“I think because he came over here a few times — he came to Windsor for the Europeans and to Olympia where he broke the world record— and he is so breathtaking I think everyone wanted to use him,” she said.

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Totilas, who is co-owned by Paul Schockemöhle and the Linsenhof/Rath family, was retired from competition following the 2015 FEI European Dressage Championships in Aachen, Germany (12-16 August).

Ridden by Matthias Rath, he helped Germany to team bronze, but was withdrawn before the special after scoring 75.9% in the grand prix.

After the grand prix he was found to have a bone edema and on 18 August, his owners released a statement confirming that Totilas was to be retired from competition.

Highlights of his career included winning three gold medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, freestyle and team gold at the 2009 FEI European Dressage Championships and breaking numerous world records.

With his former rider Edward Gal of the Netherlands, he became the first horse to break the 90% barrier, before being sold to Germany in 2010 when Matthias took over the ride.