It takes years to produce a horse up to Grand Prix level. For Gal, repeating the same Freestyle routine, almost exactly 10 years later, on the offspring of Totilas was a big deal moment.
“When Toto Jr was three years old I already knew that if there was a horse that could run the Freestyle of Totilas it would be him. I’ve waited seven years for it. It’s still daring to say, but I have the feeling that GLOCK’s Toto Jr can be even better than his father.”
Toto Jr is the first licensed son of Totilas, receiving his Hanoverian approval in Verden in 2013. He has all the ingredients to make it on the world stage; Toto Jr has power and posture, elegance and ground cover. And he looks just like his Dad.
Born in 2011 his dam is the Hanoverian mare Desparada 2, whose sire is Desperados FRH, himself a double silver medalist at the 2015 FEI European Championships in Aachen. Toto Jr is one of Totilas’ first crop of foals and his most high achieving one to date. He was bred by Judith and Sonke Schmidt.
After his licensing in Verden he was sold at auction to Gal’s sponsors, GLOCK Horse Performance Centre for €100,000.
Toto Jr was approved for KWPN breeding and has been a prolific stallion himself, siring around 700 foals.
GLOCK, not surprisingly is proud to have him on their books, saying: “In the walk, GLOCK’s Toto Jr demonstrates outstanding ground cover whilst, in the trot and canter, his light-footedness, balance and strong uphill tendency are captivating. His nature is also of outstanding quality.
“GLOCK’s Toto Jr passes these attributes on to his progeny, something evident in his exceptionally positive foal report. Progeny of GLOCK’s Toto Jr have reached high prices at a wide variety of foal auctions.”
He produced the largest number of Dressage foals in 2017 with 369 registered foals. He brought the largest number of foals to auction in 2017 and 2018.
As a youngster he was presented onto the KWPN show circuit by former GLOCK rider Marieke van der Putten. Together they won the Pavo Cup Finals in 2016 when Toto Jr was a five-year-old.
The hype around this horse has been validated by his national championship win. The excitement is already building to his international debut in 2021; if the soon-to-be 10-year-old can impress he will surely be under consideration for the Tokyo Olympics.
Those added ingredients of high hopes and patience have paid off so far. He only made his Grand Prix debut in the summer, winning with 79.43 per cent.
Could world-beating history repeat itself with this beautiful black stallion? Let’s sit back, watch and enjoy finding out! Follow the latest from the Dressage world on the FEI's dedicated Facebook page...
Words by Katie Roebuck
Images by Arnd Bronkhorst