Germany Takes Top 2 Aachen Under-25 Grand Prix Spots, Florida’s Juan Matute 3rd

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Juan Matute on Don Diego Ymas completing the Under-25 Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Juan Matute on Don Diego Ymas completing the Under-25 Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 18, 2014–Germans Victoria Michalke on Dance On and Nadine Husenbeth on Florida, both seasoned Under 25 Grand Prix combinations placed first and second while 16-year-old Juan Matute on Don Diego Ymas starred to fill third place in their first time at the World Equestrian Festival.

Just one week after competing in the European Junior Championships, Juan of Wellington, Florida was the youngest rider to show in the Under-25 division at the world’s premier horse.

Victoria on Dance On scored 70.814 per cent and Nadine Husenbeth on Florida 70.535 per cent.

Juan Matute, youngest by one day of the 13 starting combinations and in only the third Grand Prix for the pair, was awarded 68.442 per cent. Paula Matute, his sister and a year older, rode Tarpan Ymas to 10th place on 66.047 per cent.

The family of Juan Matute, a three-time Olympian for Spain, moved to Florida six years ago, with Paula competing in dressage and the younger Juan initially in eventing before switching to dressage.

“So unexpected… our third Grand Prix. I was just hoping for a top 10 finish and a fun experience,” Juan told dressage-news.com after the ride.

“At the end of the day I’m 16 and to come third in the Grand Prix, I couldn’t ask for any more.

“This is Aachen…”

Juan Matute riding Don Diego Ymas in the Under-25 Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Juan Matute riding Don Diego Ymas in the Under-25 Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Juan said he does not get nervous in competition and despite riding for the first time in such a venue as the 6,300-seat Deutsche Bank stadium he said to himself, “We’re ready, let’s do a good job, especially at Aachen. Aachen is Aachen, the stadium is a Colliseum.

“It’s a big stadium but you can hear everything–the clicking of the cameras, the whispers of the spectators and there are lots of shadows at this time of day (later afternoon).

“Don Diego is very calm and listens to the rider. I knew Don Diego would be fine. I trusted him 100 per cent but above all we’re going to have fun.

“There’s no time to fix things at this stage, you just smile and move forward.”

Paula Matute on Tarpan Ymas in the Under-25 Grand Prix at Aachen. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Paula Matute on Tarpan Ymas in the Under-25 Grand Prix at Aachen. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

As a former event rider whose love was the cross country he never thought he would get this far in dressage so soon.

“This is the first time I’ve ever ridden in a show like this,” he said.

“It’s really addictive, seeing all the top riders concentrated in one spot. To make it into the lap of honor, it’s emotional, its addictive. Hopefully there is more to come in the future.

“We all like dreaming, but we have to be realistic. We have to work for our dreams.

“It’s really satisfying when you make it here,” he said with a smile. “Wow!”

Victoria Michalke on Dance On, Nadine Husenbeth on Florida and Juan Matute on Don Diego Ymas at the Under-25 awards ceremony for the top three placings. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Victoria Michalke on Dance On, Nadine Husenbeth on Florida and Juan Matute on Don Diego Ymas at the Under-25 awards ceremony for the top three placings. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Under-25 Grand Prix

Judge E: Susanne Baarup (DEN) Judge H: Mariette Sanders-van Gansewinkel (NED)
Judge C: Magnus Ringmark (SWE) Judge M: Irina Maknami (RUS)
Judge B: Henning Lehrmann (GER)
Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Dance On – OLDBG
G \ Black \ 2002 \ Dream of Heidelberg I x Welt As
GER
650 69.767 71.279 70.581 70.581 71.860 70.814
Victoria  Michalke
Victoria Michalke
( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Florida 94 – RHEIN
M \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark I x Grosso Z
GER
450 70.698 70.233 70.814 70.233 70.698 70.535
Nadine  Husenbeth
Helga Steves
( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 )
3 Don Diego Ymas
G \ Black \ 2003 \ Don Frederico
ESP
350 69.186 68.605 67.907 69.535 66.977 68.442
Juan  Matute Guimon
Juan Matute
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 7 )
4 Beckham – SWB
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Bernstein 761 x Koncertz xx
SWE
250 65.581 66.744 70.349 68.605 69.535 68.163
Marina  Mattsson
Lottie Mattsson
( 12 ) ( 8 ) ( 3 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 )
5 Burlington FRH – HANN
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2003 \ Breitling W x Rohdiamant
GER
200 67.674 68.372 67.558 67.791 68.721 68.023
Charlott-Maria  Schürmann
Heinz-Werner Schürmann
( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 )
6 Schambuka Soelyst – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Schwadroneur x Alibi
DEN
100 68.140 67.791 67.674 67.907 68.372 67.977
Anne Sofie  Aaen
Anne Sofie Aaen
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 )
7 Ucento – KWPN
G \ Black \ 2001 \ Metall x Allegro
NED
66.628 66.977 65.581 67.558 67.674 66.884
Daniëlle  van Mierlo
A.C.J. V. Mierlo-V Luipen & W.J.M. V. Mierlo
( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 12 ) ( 9 ) ( 6 )
8 Recuerdo
S \ Grey \ 1998
ESP
66.744 67.209 66.977 68.023 64.767 66.744
Laura  Reija
Fernando Reija
( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 12 )
9 Theodoor
G \ Grey \ 2000 \ Metall x Purioso
NED
66.163 66.628 66.163 66.512 66.744 66.442
Kim  Schmid
K.M. Schmid & I.D. van der Waal
( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 8 )
10 Tarpan Ymas – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Waterman
ESP
67.558 65.698 64.302 67.791 64.884 66.047
Paula  Matute Guimon
Sandaraca Vince S.L.
( 6 ) ( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 7 ) ( 10 )
11 Hexagon´s Roumanda
M \ Bay \ 1998 \ Rubiquil x Matador II
NED
66.395 65.698 66.977 66.047 64.884 66.000
Dinja  van Liere
L.A. van Lieren E.C.L. Janse
( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 7 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 )
12 Romanoff – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Jazz x Contango
GBR
65.698 66.279 65.698 66.860 65.233 65.953
Alexandria  Barr
Vai Bruntink & Thea Bruntink
( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 )
13 Don Corleone – SWB
S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Don Schufro x Bolero 897
SWE
64.186 63.721 66.047 65.930 63.372 64.651
Johanna  Due Boje
Bäckaängs Gård
( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 10 ) ( 14 ) ( 13 )
14 Active Private Dancer – KWPN
S \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Formateur
SUI
64.535 63.721 64.070 66.279 62.907 64.302
Simona  Aeberhard
Aeberhard Jörg + Manuela
( 13 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 )
15 Select Ecco – OLDBG
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Sando Hit x Grundstein
DEN
63.953 64.767 61.047 64.651 62.674 63.419
Victoria E.  Vallentin
Kasprzak Family
( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 15 )
16 Rolex TP – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2003 \ Ron William x Inselfürst
SWE
62.209 62.326 63.721 63.023 62.442 62.744
Ida  Kristoffersson
Team Piaff / Lasse Nilsson
( 16 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 16 )