Totilas Dies at 20 Years Old

Totilas, the black stallion that became a global superstar, has died at the age of 20. Passing of Totilas was reported Tuesday by Eurodressage.

Totilas became a superstar for equestrians of all stripes and perhaps millions more enthralled by the horse’s athleticism and entranced by the charisma the black stallion displayed. Live prime time television, adoring crowds and a fascination that brought tears and some carping that it was more circus than classical dressage.

Totilas had a record-breaking year in 2010 when he and Gal became the first pair to score above 90 percent. They topped the FEI World Cup Final (the Netherlands) in March and swept the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Kentucky) dressage competition with three gold medals later that year.