Ever since Paul Schockemöhle purchased Moorlands Totilas (Gribaldi x Glendale), the Dutch Warmblood stallion that swept the gold medals in dressage at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with rider Edward Gal, speculation has abounded as to who would get the ride on the horse.
Gal, who competes for the Netherlands, is willing to do just about anything to ride Totilas again, even switch nationalities.
“If Paul Schockemöhle asked if I would continue to ride Totilas, I would immediately say ‘yes,’ but he has not asked me so far,” said Gal in a recent interview. “I do not want to exclude [the possibility] that I would be willing to compete for Germany. I believe that the Dutch people would understand, since Totilas is such an exceptional horse, and to be able to ride him is an exceptional situation.”
Gal was quick to point out that he hasn’t been in communication with Schockemöhle regarding Totilas’ new rider. “As Paul Schockemöhle hasn’t asked me, I will not rack my brains on the matter,” said Gal.
However, Schockemöhle has invited the media to a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at his stable in Mühlen, Germany. He has promised to announce the new rider for Totilas. Rumors point to Matthias Rath, or possibly his stepmother Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, who has expressed an interest in riding Totilas and making a comeback to international dressage.