What if Totilas had never been sold…?

25 Jun

The xtranorml videos would have lost a fertile source of input.

The Dutch would be smiling, talking about having a lottery for their individual spot in the upcoming Olympics–so that some deserving boy or girl (with a good moving pony) could really get a taste of what it is like to be an Olympian.

The equestrian press and BBs might have withered on the vine,so to speak. Just this week,it is possible to opine on the weighty topic (yet again. Is this the fourth time?) of the health of Totilas.

One. Hagen, a year,ago. Picture it: Das wunder-pferd will make his triumphant entry,blah blah blah.

Nope–something wrong with a hoof injury.

Two. Triumphant return to Frankfurt for World Dressage Masters, blah blah blah.

Nope. ‘Small ligament strain’ apparently much worse, keeps him out  for months.

Three. Triumphant return  to Wold Dressage Masters in Florida, etc etc.

Nope. After Frankfurt, a decision is made to have TV crew come film das wunder-pferd to show he is indeed back in work. Two days later, he is pronounced lame again.

Sidebar: the triumphant return to the PSI stallion show  a few months later also turns into total fiasco (horse refuses to even move and then leaves arena) ,followed by one of the world’s top trainers giving suggestions and the actual (wait for it) triumphant return at Hagen, a year later. Immediately followed by the German press  arguing about the training methods used to create the triumphant return.

and now–Four.

Which actually has four possible realities:

Eins. Matthias Alexander Rath, current rider of Totilas, really is sick with mono and cannot ride at Aachen.

Zwei.  MAR is not sick, but a political decision has been made to NOT have the entire German team at Aachen, thus preventing the judges from comparing all the performances to the ones a few weeks later at Greenwich  AND allowing the Triumphant Return of Totilas at the biggest stage of all,  The Olympics,instead of Aachen.

Drei.  Totilas decides not to be outdone by Rafalca (ridden by Jan Ebeling and the current darling of  media everywhere thank to Stephen Colbert etc). Totilas signs up for star turn with Johnny Depp and tweaks ankle attempting  pas de deux.

Vier.  Something is yet again wrong with Das wunder-pferd.

Even the German Olyumpic committee is concerned enough to have made arrangements to go vist das wunder-pferd at home–this time he will be ridden for the critical eyes by Rath,Sr.,father of the rider.  The German Olympic qualification rules  clearly state that  all combinations must show at both Balve and Aachen. Still, no one is pretending that there is any question of not including das wunder-pferd on their team presuming horse and rider are sound.

Well, the answer will be forthcoming because the Olympics are now only a few weeks away.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-25/saudi-arabia-to-let-women-compete-at-olympics/4090208

Saudi Arabia, where public sports events for women are banned, will allow females to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time.

The issue of women in sport remains extremely sensitive in the ultra-conservative Muslim state, where women are not even allowed to drive cars and the authorities shut down private gyms for women in 2009 and 2010.

Equestrian contestant Dalma Malhas is likely to be the country’s only female athlete to qualify for this summer’s Games in London which get underway on July 27.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are the only three countries never to have sent women athletes to the Olympics.

But Qatar has already announced it will send a three-woman team to London made up of shooter Bahia Al-Hamad, swimmer Nada Wafa Arakji and Noor Al-Malki, a 100m and 200m sprinter.

Brunei, meanwhile, will send a woman to London as part of their two-athlete delegation – 400m hurdler Maziah Mahusin.

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Aha. UPDATE:

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/olympics2012/7634/313107.html

 

<<Although Saudi Arabia has now agreed to allow its female athletes to compete for their country, stories that showjumper Dalmas Rushdi Malhas will ride at Greenwich are not correct.

 

The 20-year-old rider had not qualified to ride at the Olympic by the cut off date of 17 June and so it is not possible for her to compete there. >>

 

Yup yup yup, the death of an heir-elect did not prevent the Saudis from issuing grateful press releases announcing the triumphant return of their 2 star MALE riders from nasty ol’ FEI suspensions (Surely by now FEI knows who controls the power as well as the purse strings???) but the Saudis could not be bothered ensuring that a FEMALE athlete  was qualified or even entered on any list for qualification.

Mainly because they never had any intention to send such a creature as a female athlete.

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One Response to “What if Totilas had never been sold…?”

  1. HRH Corinne June 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I would believe it more if they’d said Rath had been abducted by aliens.

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