Juan Matute Guimon, Prominent International Youth Dressage Rider, Hospitalized in Madrid After Collapsing

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Juan Matute, Jr. on Quantico Ymas. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

May 5, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Juan Matute Guimon, one of the most prominent international dressage youth riders, is in the hospital in Madrid Tuesday night after collapsing when complaining of a severe headache.

Cause of the collapse was not known.

Juan, a possible rider on Spain’s Olympic team for Tokyo, has based himself in Spain after growing up in Wellington, Florida where his parents moved.

His father, Juan Matute Azpitarte, a three-team Olympian for Spain, and mother, Maria, were in Madrid.

Juan had returned to Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival this year to compete Don Diego aiming for a start in the World Cup Final in Las Vegas that was canceled before its scheduled date of mid-April.

Juan left his family home in Wellington two years ago to go to college in Madrid and immerse himself in developing his riding and training skills in Europe.

He was the second highest ranked Spanish rider on the world standings with Quantico, 14 years old, and third highest with Don Diego, aged 17.

He rode Quantico on the Spanish team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon that earned his nation a start at the Olympics in Tokyo in July.