Juan Matute, Jr. on Quantico Ymas Sweeps Lövsta Future Challenge International Under-25 in Gothenburg, Sweden

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Juan Matute, Jr. celebrating sweep of the inaugural Lövsta Future Challenge International Under-25 Dressage held alongside European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 26, 2017–Juan Matute, Jr., based in Florida where he has become a teenage dressage star, won the Lövsta Future Challenge International Under-25 Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday for a sweep of the inaugural event staged alongside the European Championships.

Competing for the first time in Sweden, the 19-year-old Juan on Quantico scored 78.200 per cent for the win, two days after capturing the Grand Prix in a field of 11 starting combinations from five nations.

Lina Dolk, a 20-year-old from Sweden on Biggles scored 74.400 per cent for second as she was in the Grand Prix. Jill Huybregts of the Netherlands on Zamacho Z was third on 73.100 per cent.

Juan, the son of three-time Olympian for Spain and based in Wellington, Florida, travels to Austria early next week for the European Under-25 Championships, being staged for the second year as a bridge between youth divisions and the senior ranks.

The event here was created to further develop the sport among youth dressage and jumping in Sweden that is supported substantially by Antonia Ax:son Johnson whose Lövsta stud is also the base for seven-time Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén. Antonio is also a major sponsor of dressage in the United States, at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington and the Central Park Horse Show in New York.

Juan won a lot of fans in Gothenburg this week as an enthusiastic ambassador for dressage.

He drew a big cheer in the awards ceremony when he was being interviewed after the ride on the 11-year-old gelding by speaking highly of the experience here and ending with a shouted, “Thank You, Sweden!” and pumping his fist in the air.

Juan started online college just a month ago planning to eventually study international business.

Although he wants the formal education, he said he doesn’t want it to take away from his riding that has been successful in both juniors and young riders as well as Under-25 and Big Tour that he started in Wellington last winter.

 

“Education is very important,” he said. “I think it really makes you improve as an athlete because you learn to think from a different perspective. If you see only the tree in front of you, you don’t see the forest.”

Being in Gothenburg was important to be able to perform at the same venue as the European championships of dressage and jumping to spend a week around the continent’s top riders.

 

“I learn from them,” he said, “I’m like a sponge and absorb all this. I feel this experience has benefited me 1,000 times over.”

He said Wellington has been “super” and a “unique experience” to develop as the concentration of dressage events throughout the winter enable him to become comfortable in the competition arena and develop confidence as preparation for the more intensely competitive European circuit.

Results:

Lövsta Future Challenge International U-25 Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges–E: Raphael Saleh FRA H: Susanne Baarup DEN C: Lars Andersson SWE M: Maria Colliander FIN B: Olivier Smeets BEL
RANK HNR COMPETITOR NAT. E H C M B TOTAL

Placed competitors

1. 673 Quantico Ymas Juan Matute Guimon ESP  Tech.:  74.000 % 75.750 % 74.250 % 75.500 % 78.500 % 78.200 %
1.800,00 EUR
bay / 11y. / G / Fighting Fit / 104FE38 / Juan Matute  Art.:  77.000 % 81.000 % 81.000 % 83.000 % 82.000 %
 Total  75.500 %
(1)
78.375 %
(1)
77.625 %
(1)
79.250 %
(1)
80.250 %
(1)
2. 679 Biggles 1015 Lina Dolk SWE  Tech.:  70.500 % 73.500 % 72.250 % 72.750 % 72.000 % 74.400 %
1.500,00 EUR
bay / 19y. / S / SWB / Briar / Krevad / SWE04590 / Fam. Ingrid Lundbergpersson  Art.:  78.000 % 76.000 % 76.000 % 78.000 % 75.000 %
 Total  74.250 %
(2)
74.750 %
(2)
74.125 %
(3)
75.375 %
(2)
73.500 %
(2)
3. 678 Zamacho Z Jill Huybregts NED  Tech.:  69.000 % 71.750 % 71.750 % 70.500 % 71.000 % 73.100 %
1.200,00 EUR
bay / 13y. / G / Rousseau / Rossini / 103BS93 / C.C.W. Huijbregts  Art.:  74.000 % 76.000 % 77.000 % 76.000 % 74.000 %
 Total  71.500 %
(4)
73.875 %
(3)
74.375 %
(2)
73.250 %
(3)
72.500 %
(3)
4. 682 Weltliebe Isabella Tovek SWE  Tech.:  68.750 % 70.750 % 68.500 % 69.000 % 64.750 % 70.675 %
900,00 EUR
chest / 14y. / G / DWB / Weltjunge / Andiamo / 103GG91 / Susanne Tovek  Art.:  75.000 % 74.000 % 73.000 % 74.000 % 69.000 %
 Total  71.875 %
(3)
72.375 %
(4)
70.750 %
(4)
71.500 %
(4)
66.875 %
(8)
5. 672 Bolero Alexandra Barbançon Mestre ESP  Tech.:  66.500 % 66.750 % 66.250 % 67.250 % 65.750 % 69.750 %
600,00 EUR
11y. / KWPN / Johnson / Vincent / 104QU45 / Alexandra Barbancon Mestre  Art.:  73.000 % 73.000 % 75.000 % 75.000 % 69.000 %
 Total  69.750 %
(7)
69.875 %
(6)
70.625 %
(5)
71.125 %
(5)
67.375 %
(7)

Total: 6,000.00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

6. 681 Soega Denise Ljungkvist SWE  Tech.:  67.750 % 67.750 % 67.250 % 68.500 % 66.500 % 69.375 %
bay / 10y. / M / SWB / Sandakan 1078 / Amiral 764 / 105MT34 / Pia Ljungkvist  Art.:  73.000 % 71.000 % 70.000 % 73.000 % 69.000 %
 Total  70.375 %
(5)
69.375 %
(7)
68.625 %
(7)
70.750 %
(6)
67.750 %
(6)
7. 677 Watoeshi Carlijn Huberts NED  Tech.:  66.500 % 67.250 % 66.250 % 67.750 % 66.750 % 69.250 %
black / 14y. / G / Harmony’s Rousseau / 105OP70 / J.A..M. Huberts & P.G. Hermens  Art.:  72.000 % 71.000 % 74.000 % 71.000 % 70.000 %
 Total  69.250 %
(8)
69.125 %
(8)
70.125 %
(6)
69.375 %
(9)
68.375 %
(5)
8. 676 Oswin Geert Hofland NED  Tech.:  66.500 % 67.000 % 66.750 % 66.500 % 67.250 % 68.400 %
bay / 21y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Michelangelo / 105IC04 / L.J. Hofland & S.E. Hofland-Spieker  Art.:  71.000 % 70.000 % 70.000 % 68.000 % 71.000 %
 Total  68.750 %
(9)
68.500 %
(9)
68.375 %
(8)
67.250 %
(10)
69.125 %
(4)
9. 680 Herbie Hancock Graftebjerg Alva Lander SWE  Tech.:  63.500 % 68.750 % 66.250 % 68.000 % 61.000 % 68.150 %
bay / 15y. / G / DWB / Blue Hors Hertug / Michellino / DEN40430 / Lotta Lander  Art.:  70.000 % 73.000 % 70.000 % 73.000 % 68.000 %
 Total  66.750 %
(10)
70.875 %
(5)
68.125 %
(9)
70.500 %
(7)
64.500 %
(10)
10. 674 Sergio Nathalie Braun GER  Tech.:  67.000 % 66.750 % 65.000 % 66.250 % 63.250 % 67.525 %
11y. / G / RHEIN / Stedinger / Festivo / 104GH19 / Braun,Nathalie  Art.:  73.000 % 67.000 % 68.000 % 73.000 % 66.000 %
 Total  70.000 %
(6)
66.875 %
(10)
66.500 %
(10)
69.625 %
(8)
64.625 %
(9)
11. 671 Saint Tropez 13 Katharina Haas AUT  Tech.:  60.250 % 64.250 % 62.750 % 64.250 % 62.750 % 64.925 %
black / 14y. / S / OLDBG / Sandro Hit / Feinbrand / 103DA98 / Katharina Haas  Art.:  67.000 % 66.000 % 66.000 % 70.000 % 66.000 %
 Total  63.625 %
(11)
65.125 %
(11)
64.375 %
(11)
67.125 %
(11)
64.375 %
(11)