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Totilas on German team for Aachen dressage

Totilas and Matthias Alexander Rath are among the 354 athletes and 550 horses from 28 nations expected at Aachen this weekend.

Record prize money totalling €2.68 million is on offer at the show, running from July 11 to 20, and already 200,000 tickets have been sold. The Rolex Grand Prix of showjumping on Sunday has a prize pool of €1 million.

Matthias Rath and Totilas after winning the Deutsche Bank Prize in 2011.

Matthias Rath and Totilas.

Rath and Totilas are on the German team for the CHIO show, and the rider is please to have been selected.

“I am always overjoyed to compete in Aachen. It is fantastic that Totilas and I are part of the dressage team and that we will be able to compete in the new Deutsche Bank Stadium. At the last fews shows, we were able to constantly improve our performance, we are going to give our very best in Aachen,” he said.

Many of the world’s elite riders are travelling to Aachen. “Hardly any of the top 10 will be missing,” said organising committee chairman Frank Kemperman.

They include several of Britain’s top riders, including  eigning Olympic dressage gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin, showjumpers Scott Brash and Ben Maher, and eventer Zara Phillips, who won the World Championship title in 2006 in Aachen. Phillips last competed at the CHIO Aachen in 2007.

The event has just welcomed Turkish Airlines as a Top Level Sponsor alongside Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and DHL.

 

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