Spain’s Teenage Star Juan Matute, Jr. on Dhannie Ymas Take Wellington Nations Cup Int. Freestyle Gold in Sweep of Small Tour

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Jan Matute, Jr, (center) took gold, Katharina Stumpf of AusItia (left) won silver and Raul Cochelo on Colombia took bronze in the CDIO3* Nations Cup Small Tour individual final. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jan Matute, Jr, (center) took gold, Katharina Stumpf of AusItia (left) won silver and Raul Corchuelo on Colombia took bronze in the CDIO3* Nations Cup Small Tour individual final. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, April 1, 2016–Juan Matute, Jr., the Spanish teenage star based in Florida, won the CDIO3* Nations Cup Intermediate Freestyle on Dhannie Ymas Friday to capture individual gold after leading his team to the bronze medal when finishing atop the Small Tour.

Juan, the 18-year-old son of three-time Olympian Juan Matute, dominated the Freestyle with a score of 74.550 per cent with Austrian individual and adult amateur Katharina Stumpf on For My Love second on 70.925 per cent and Colombia’s Raul Corchuelo on Beckham third on 70.900 per cent.

The Small Tour individual final of the Nations Cup with the Grand Prix a separate competition with another set of medals appeared popular with the crowd that filled the stands at the Adequan Gobal Dressage Festival.

The result of three combinations from three different nations underscored the aim of the organizers at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Stadium complex to create a format for future Pan American Games at which countries aside from the United States and Canada that dominate the continental championships have a chance to be on the medals podium.

Thomas Baur, Director of Sport at AGDF, commented on the expansion of the Small Tour competition, as well as the separation of Large Tour and Small Tour competition for individual awards, a new format that may be implemented for the next Pan American Games in 2019.

“For me, it’s very special because when the idea came up at the FEI General Assembly last year to split the Intermediaire I Freestyle from the Grand Prix Freestyle, I immediately jumped on board. This is also to have that idea included in the Pan American Games for 2019 and now there is a chance for other countries, outside of the USA and Canada, to go for medals,” he said.

“I’m more than happy that my old friend Raul earned the bronze medal tonight because it shows that countries from Central and South America are able to go for medals.”

The Wellington CDIO Nations Cup has become a vital–and only–test of formats for the Pan Ams that are the championships every four years for nations throughout the Americas. Effort are being made to raise the level to Grand Prix while encouraging development of the sport by allowing Small Tour.

A footnote: all three horses were sold by Juan Matute, the three-time Olympian for Spain and father of the winner.

Results:

CDIO 3* Intermediate I Freestyle
E: Storr – GBR H: Tubman – CAN C: Jena – SWE M: Gribbons – USA B: Wysocki – USA
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. Total Pl
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Dhannie Ymas 73.750 2 73.000 1 75.875 1 74.250 1 75.875 1 74.550 1
Stumpf, Katharina AUT For My Love 69.250 5 71.125 2 69.875 3 73.625 2 70.750 3 70.925 2
Corchuelo, Raul COL Beckham 73.750 2 69.500 4 72.000 2 70.250 3 69.000 5 70.900 3
Jimenez Cobo, Juan Antonio ESP Elevado 74.875 1 69.875 3 69.375 4 68.750 4 69.500 4 70.475 4
Egerstrom, Christer CRC Bello Oriente 70.375 4 69.125 5 67.875 5 68.000 5 71.250 2 69.325 5
Gomez Molina, Pablo ESP Lanzado De Ymas 68.625 6 65.250 7 67.750 6 67.000 6 68.250 6 67.375 6
Poulsen, Rikke DEN Pikk Elena HU 65.750 7 66.125 5 65.125 9 67.000 6 65.375 7 65.875 7
Kirk Kristiansen, Signe DEN Roberto 65.125 8 65.250 7 66.125 8 63.500 10 64.375 9 64.875 8
Egerstrom, Anne Marie CRC Amorino 64.375 10 63.250 9 66.625 7 64.125 9 65.125 8 64.700 0
Batalla, Michelle CRC Westergardens Vivi Light 64.625 9 62.000 10 61.125 10 65.375 8 63.125 10 63.250 0