Charlotte Jorst & Nintendo Age 19 Win WellingtonWorld Cup Freestyle, Spain’s Juan Matute Guimon 2nd to Jump Up Western European Rankings

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An exuberant Charlotte Jorst on Kastel’s Nintendo at the end of their victorious Global Dressage Festival World Cup. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 11, 2022–Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo won the Wellington World Cup Freestyle Friday while Spain’s Juan Matute Guimon on Quantico was runner-up to justify the trans-Atlantic journey that bumped him into third place on the Western European rankings for a start in the Final in April.

Charlotte of Reno, Nevada and the KWPN stallion scored 79.075%, slightly below the previous best and followed the pair’s victory in the Grand Prix. Although the duo earned the maximum of 20 points with only one more qualifier in North America they would not fulfill the requirement of three scores to get an invitation to the Final in Leipzig, Germany in April.

The opposite was the case for Juan Matute Guimon whose score of 78.050% put them in second place to the cheering of what for him was a home crowd as he grew up in Wellington and his family is still based here. The result gave the pair 42 points to rank third in Western Europe behind Frederic Wandres of Germany who is also in Wellington for the winter circuit and Thamar Zweistra of the Netherlands. However, two qualifiers remain on the calendar for Western Europe–Neumünster in Germany next week and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands next month that Juan indicated he might compete.

Juan Matute Guimon on Quantico in the Wellington World Cup Freestyle. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anna Buffini of San Diego and FRH Davinia la Douce were third on 77.605% and move the pair to within striking distance of an invitation to the Final.

Ashley Holzer of Wellington on Havanna  has clinched one of the two starting places reserved for North America in the Final, with Codi Harrison in second place. Anna, however, could contend for the second place with a high placing at the final qualifier.

Anna Buffini on FRH Davinia la Douce in the Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Carlos Lopes Elke Ebert Christof Umbach Claudia Thaler Kjell Myhre
Place Scores Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 79.075 USA Charlotte Jorst Kastel’s Nintendo 80.125 80.050 78.400 79.375 77.425
2. 78.050 ESP Juan Matute Guimón Quantico 76.175 77.000 80.025 79.500 77.550
3. 77.605 USA Anna Buffini FRH Davinia la Douce 76.025 77.050 78.775 79.250 76.925
4. 77.045 CAN Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu All In 76.775 76.650 78.150 76.750 76.900
5. 75.925 DOM Yvonne Losos de Muñiz Aquamarijn 73.150 74.075 78.875 76.775 76.750
6. 75.695 USA Ashley Holzer Havanna 145 75.025 76.300 75.075 75.225 76.850
7. 72.725 USA Hope Cooper Hot Chocolate W 72.675 72.850 72.725 72.850 72.525
8. 71.630 ESP Paula Matute Guimón Delagronge 72.900 72.450 71.975 67.575 73.250
9. 71.605 USA Jan Ebeling Status Royal OLD 69.375 71.775 70.850 73.175 72.850
10. 69.175 CAN Evi Strasser Disney Tyme 67.725 69.175 69.350 71.425 68.200
11. 67.685 USA Amina Bursese Fiti AL 65.275 68.800 68.150 69.450 66.750