Juan Matute, Jr. & Felicitas Hendricks Vault Into Top 5 Juniors in World
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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.
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|3||75||MATUTE GUIMON, Juan||DHANNIE YMAS||ESP||1725|
|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|
|10||10||BEJTRUP, Kristine Koch||CAVALER||DEN||1579|
|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|
|6||5||WETTSTEIN, Estelle||FRIEDRICH DER GROSSE||SUI||1708|
|9||7||ANDREASEN, Maja||SKJOLDSGAARD MONTE VO||DEN||1662|
|11||60||NIEMANN, Vivien||DON VERTINO||GER||1610|