Totem, by Totilas out of our Elite Hanoverian mare Denebola/Donnerhall was born in 2012. He was bought as a foal by Jayne Essig and Karen Pavicic. In 2017 Totem was approved as an Oldenberg stallion following a 2016 approval by Reinland PfalzSarr International (RPSI). Totem was chosen, as one of three young dressage horses in North America, for the Dressage Showcase at the 2017 Omaha World Cup with Isabell Werth. Totem is featured in Isabell Werth’s training video and also in the Chronicle of the Horse article: “Isabell Werth teaches how to use the basics to build a Grand Prix horse” (April 1, 2017). Totem was featured on the cover of Dressage Today (May 2017) and then in an article “Developing a Happy Dressage Horse” (July 2018).
After winning his FEI classes as a 4-7 year old at the Adequan Dressage Festival in Florida, Totem did his first PSG test and Inter 1 freestyle (with over 70% from a panel of 3 FEI judges) to win the $50,000 2019 Omaha Team Challenge.
In 2020 Totem and Karen tied for first in the Lövsta Future Challenge Developing PSG qualifier with a 69.9%. They then went on, before the shows were cancelled that year in Wellington, to win the CDI3* PSG with a 71%. (See video below). The ride was written up in Eurodressage (02/21/2020), noting that Totem at 8 years old was the youngest of the field. Christoph Koschem, who won the Palm Beach derby on Totem later that year, said (Eurodressage (02/29/2020)) “you can really feel the grand prix horse in him; a really special horse, who I think has a big future”.
The prediction came true when at 9, Totem finished the 2021 Florida season winning both the Intermediaire A and Intermediare II 3*. Totem and Karen went on that fall to win their first Big Tour competition, the CDI3* Grand Prix at the Desert International Horse Park in California. With a solid performance, scoring 69.391%. (Eurodressage 2021/11/20) and (Dressage News Nov. 2021). Totem was then awarded the distinction of being named the 2021 Canadian Hanoverian Horse of the Year. He has several foals on the ground. The first of which out of a Guarator/Bolero mare won her foal inspection.
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