Juan Matute, Jr. & Felicitas Hendricks Vault Into Top 5 Juniors in World

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Felicitas Hendricks of Germany riding Faible AS in a victory round in Florida. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Felicitas Hendricks of Germany riding Faible AS in a victory round in Florida. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 23, 2016–Spain’s Juan Matute, Jr. on Dhannie Ymas and Grmany’s Felicitas Hendricks on Faible AS vaulted into the top five Junior combinations in the world in the latest International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings released Thursday, based on results at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida.

Dana van Lierop of the Netherlands on Equestricons Walkuere jumped into second place from 66th in the Young Rider rankings following six wins in six starts on the Florida Global circuit and a victory since returning home.

Dana was one of four combinations–one from Belgium, two from Holland and one from Germany–that went to Florida with support from the organizers, Equestrian Sport Productions and Jochen Arl, the Belgium-based horse dealer.

The Young rider rankings showed Sönke Rothenberger of Germany on Cosmo still at the top with 1,984 points and Dana van Lierop second on 1,834 points.

Germany’s Vivien Niemann on Don Vertino who was also in the group that went to Florida to help boost interest in youth dressage jumped to 11th place from 60th in the Young Rider rankings the previous month

The Junior rankings at the end of March showed Marjan Hooge of the Netherlands on Fulltime remaining atop the standings with 1,816 points and Aleksandra Maksakova of Russia on Scampalo second on 1,759 points.

Juan Matute, the 17-year-old son of Spanish multi Olympian Juan Matute based in Wellington, Florida jumped into the third slot with 1,725 points from 75th place the previous month. He is ranked 24th in the world on Quantico Ymas in the Young Rider division, 36th on Tarpan Ymas in Under-25 and 140th on Don Diego Ymas in the senior Grand Prix world rankings.

For Felicitas Hendricks the fifth place ranking up from 86th at the end of February was a 15th birthday present two days early.

Felicitas is based in Hagen, Germany and went to Florida with her mother and the Koschel family after she started riding Faible late last year. In nine starts at the Global circuit in Wellington, the pair logged seven victories.

Antonia Arl, the daughter of Jochen Arl, on Equestricons Ziggy that competed in Florida, jumped to 24th in the world from 218th the previous month.

Standings:

 Juniors
Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 1 HOOGE, Marjan FULLTIME NED 1816
2 2 MAKSAKOVA, Aleksandra SCAMPALO 6 RUS 1759
3 75 MATUTE GUIMON, Juan DHANNIE YMAS ESP 1725
4 3 ENGERMANN, Sille FERNET DEN 1712
5 86 HENDRICKS, Felicitas FAIBLE AS GER 1683
6 4 ANDERSSON, Sofie DONNA SAMBA NDS SWE 1668
7 5 SCHWIEBERT, Franziska HOGHOLM’S FACEL VEGA GER 1666
8 8 SCHWIEBERT, Franziska FUERST ROHAN GER 1592
9 9 VERBERNE, Numa RIVERDANCE BEL 1590
10 10 BEJTRUP, Kristine Koch CAVALER DEN 1579

Young Riders

Rank Previous Athlete Horse NF Points
1 1 ROTHENBERGER, Sönke COSMO 59 GER 1984
2 66 Van LIEROP, Dana EQUESTRICONS WALKUERE NED 1834
3 2 NIEUWENHUIS, Jeanine HEXAGON’S BALDACCI NED 1796
4 4 NEKEMAN, Denise BOSTON STH NED 1782
5 3 VERWIMP, Jorinde TIAMO BEL 1752
6 5 WETTSTEIN, Estelle FRIEDRICH DER GROSSE SUI 1708
7 6 FAIRCHILD, Alexa TIMOR BEL 1673
8 117 NEKEMAN, Jeanine VLINGH NED 1669
9 7 ANDREASEN, Maja SKJOLDSGAARD MONTE VO DEN 1662
10 8 ZIBRANDTSEN, Anna DETROIT DEN 1649
11 60 NIEMANN, Vivien DON VERTINO GER 1610