As always Totilas’ first competition after a longer break was much anticipated. It has been exactly one year since the pair had been seen the last time in Aachen. Today, Matthias Alexander Rath (GER) and the black were back, at the Nations Cup event in Hagen. The result was impressive: 80,36 percent in the CDI4* Grand Prix. ” We know we still have to work on the details and also need some more routine, but I’m very pleased,” the rider explained after the competition which was still below last year’s level and which he classified accordingly. However, German national coach Monica Theodorescu already said, smiling: “Totilas looks great and is in great physical shape.” Therefore nothing should come between the pair and their attendance at the European Championships in Aachen. On Sunday they will compete in the Special. With a strong performance, Anabel Balkenhol (GER) and 15-year-old Dablino FRH finished second. 76,34 percent, a respectable result. Third place with 74,3 percent went to Fabienne Lütkemeier D’Agostino, who were able to improve their result of the German Championships .