Matthias Rath and his 14-year old Dutch warmblood stallion Totilas once again proved that they are a force to be reckoned with, snagging the Grand Prix Special victory at the 2014 CDIO Aachen on Saturday 19 July 2014. In broiling hot temperatures they logged their second Aachen win beating the world's top two horses - Valegro and Damon Hill - once more.
While spectators, horses, riders and judges were puffing and panting on this scorching Saturday, the competition was equally hot as well and absolute joy to watch. No less than four horses were scoring over 80% and were a promise of the excitement in store at the 2014 World Equestrian Games as it is no longer a given which horse will win!
All four of them - Totilas, Valegro, Damon Hill and newcomer Bella Rose -- are stars with incredible strong points and some weaknesses and in the end it seems to come down to personal flavour. At least that is what the scoring revealed as none of the judges fully agreed on the test of the top four horses.
Read the full article about the Grand Special at CDIO Aachen at www.eurodressage.com