Aachen is considered the world’s most prestigious horse show — and this year it’s considered to be a dress rehearsal for the Olympics. Given the setting, it’s hard to imagine the pressure that Matthias Rath must have felt as he rode in on the world’s most famous dressage horse as the rider who took Totilas away from Edward Gal.
His three wins there must have been particularly sweet.
But did he and Totilas really deliver the best performances? Or is he still enjoying the halo effect of Gal’s success on the horse? There are some who think that Steffen Peters and Ravel deserved the win in the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Here are videos of the two tests. What do you think?