Legal dispute in the Netherlands over the semen of a stallion horse that died a year ago

Frozen semen from Totilas is sold very expensive, the mating fee then amounted to 4,000 euros

The successful former German jockey and last owner, Paul Schockemöhle, and the breeder and previous owner, the Dutchman Kees Visser, face each other in the dispute over the matter

The animal was not only successful in dressage, but also in breeding

The horse semen dressage Totilaswho died just over a year ago, is the subject of a strong dispute between the successful former German jockey and last owner Paul Schockemöhle and the breeder and previous owner of the stallion, as reported this Saturday by the newspaper ‘Bild’. Totilas, a horse that harvested several golds, died of colic in December 2020 at the age of 20. The animal was not only successful in dressage, but also in breeding, especially for its breeder, the Dutchman Kees Visser. Even after his death, frozen semen from Totilas continues to be sold at a very high price. According to the website of the Schafhof stud farm of his former jockey Matthias Alexander Rath, the mating fee amounted to 4,000 euros.
After the information from ‘Bild’, Visser withheld the horse’s semen against the agreement when Schockemöhle bought Totilas for 10 million euros in October 2010. The former show jumper and also a German horse breeder got the court to ban Visser from selling the horse’s semen. The breeder denied that there had been an agreement and undertook for his part legal action against Schockemöhle in the Netherlands. “I’m pretty calm about it,” Schockemöhle, 77, told the newspaper.

Totilas, a horse that guarantees gold

Totilas has been admired as no other dressage horse has been until then. When he was presented by Schockemöhle in Germany in the fall of 2010 there was a great media stir around the animal, considered a gold guarantor. The stallion got his greatest successes with the Dutch jockey Edward Gal. In the 2010 World Championships -a few months before the sale to Germany- Totilas and Gal won three golds in Lexington, in the United States. Following the sale to Schockemöhle, Totilas was unable to live up to expectations with his new jockey Matthias Rath, also due to health reasons. Was withdrawn from competition after the 2015 Europeans in Aachen. Totilas spent his last days at the Schafhof cattery near Frankfurt. His offspring is highly coveted.

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