Totilas, called by some the “rock star of the horse world” died Monday, December 14, after a severe case of colic. He was 20. The legendary dressage stallion, who retired at 15, captivated audiences worldwide with his impressive movement. The Dutch Warmblood stallion was the first to score above 90 in dressage competition with his longtime rider, Edward Gal. The pair held three world records and won three gold medals at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, as well as team and individual gold at the 2009 European Championships.
Totilas was retired at age 15 after being diagnosed with periostitis of the coronet band on the left hind hoof. He lived out his life hacking and performing stud duties.
A message from Edward Gal on the Glock Performance Center Instagram page reads:
Goodbye my friend
Heaven has a new star today.
But my heart is broken.
Rest in peace #Totilas.
You will always be remembered.
Together with you I experienced happiness and even grief.
Time passed by and wounds healed.
But my love for you lasts forever.
You honored me with your trust.
You were my friend.
My condolences to Matthias and all who had the chance to work or live with this exceptional stallion.
And my thoughts to all of you who loved him.
Good bye my friend.
I will miss you until we meet again