Juan Matute, Jr. Dominates Youth Divisions at Opening of Spanish Championships
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MADRID, June 1, 2017–The Florida-based Juan Matute, Jr. won the Under-25 Intermediate II on Don Diego Ymas and the Young Rider team competition on Dhannie Ymas Thursday to kick off the Spanish Championships.
Juan, the 19-year-old son of Spain’s multi-Olympian Juan Matute who moved to Wellington, Florida six years ago, rode the 14-year-old Don Diego Ymas to the Under-25 victory with a score of 71.474 per cent. On Don Diego, he is ranked No. 5 in the world in the Under-25 division.
On Dhannie Ymas, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding, the high school senior scored 72.868 per cent in the Young Rider team class.
Juan competes extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, with success in youth championships in Europe and at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival of seven CDIs in Wellington over winter where he was ranked seventh in prize money earnings this year.
He also competes at Big Tour but has opted to focus on the Under-25 division where he plans to compete in the European Championships in August.