Totilas, the dressage wonder horse, was widely regarded as the finest in the world while ridden by Edward Gal prior to the arrival of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro on the international scene. Born in 2000, and known as Toto, Totilas is a 17.1hh black KWPN stallion had a particularly impressive front leg action, which helped him to acquire fans from around the world.
Formerly ridden by Dutch rider Edward Gal, the pair broke numerous world records and became triple gold medalists at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games. After this triumph, Toto’s owners Jan Schuil and Anna Schuil-Visser made the decision to sell the outstanding stallion. This lead to outrage from his fans who did not agree with breaking up Edward’s partnership with the black stallion.
He was sold to German sports horse breeder Paul Schockemohle, with German rider Matthias Alexander Rath taking on the ride. Sadly the new partnership never made it to the highest echelons of the sport with injuries and illness preventing them from representing their country at championship level until 2015. They attended the 2015 Europeans, but the horse appeared unlevel in the grand prix and was withdrawn before the grand prix special.
He retired from competition shortly after the 2015 Europeans and died at the age of 20 following a severe colic in December 2020.