Extensive coverage and photos if the 2015 European Junior Riders Championships on eurodressage.com Spanish Juan Matute Guimon wrote history by winning Kur to Music gold at the 2015 European Junior Riders Championships in Vidauban, France, on Sunday morning 5 July 2015. Matute Guimon is the first Spanish youth rider ever to win an individual medal, let alone a golden one. The silver went to German Semmieke Rothenberger and the bronze to Danish Victoria Vallentin. The judges' panel for the Junior Kur to Music included Yuri Romanov (RUS), Maja Stukelj (SLO), Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA), Susanne Baarup (DEN), and Ulrike Nivelle (GER). It was a coin toss for gold with Juan Matute Guimon finishing on 81.600% and Semmieke Rothenberger on 81.400%. Two judges had Matute first, three had Rothenberger first but the score differences were small.
Matute Guimon and the Hanoverian gelding Dhannie (by Don Crusador) probably had the edge by riding a choreography with a high degree of technical difficulty. While most juniors were playing it safe with the amount of flying changes, Matute did not shy away from riding very difficult canter combinations with serpentine lines, tons of changes and bits with counter canter. The trot work was very strong with the horse moving in its best form that week. Dhannie, who is owned by Cristina Danguillecourt of Yeguada de Ymas, was still too tight in the neck and has to lengthen its frame more for an even prettier silhouette. The end halt was stretched.