Totilas out of World Equestrian Games

TotilasGermany’s top hope for individual gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) — has been withdrawn for health reasons.

The 14-year-old was due to compete next week (25-29 August) with rider Matthias Alexander Rath.

A statement released by the German equestrian federation said that the partnership had been at a training camp at Peterhof stud when Totilas had a “pain reaction” to an existing splint injury.

“After consultation with the leadership team, the vet team and the rider was decided that for the sake of the horse he should not participate,” the statement added.

Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino will take their place in the German dressage team.

Totilas was one of Charlotte Dujardin’s main rivals at WEG after he won two classes in impressive style at Aachen earlier this summer.