Wellington, FL - Paula Matute, the daughter of international dressage rider Juan Matute, showed promise and poise during the Wellington Classic Challenge II CDIW to not only ride away as the winner of the FEI Young Rider Team class but also Custom Saddlery’s Young Ambassador Award. Matute, who competed Califa XV during the show, was thrilled to take home the Young Ambassador Award presented by Custom Saddlery, makers of handcrafted custom-fit dressage, jumping and event saddles. “Califa is a 15-year-old PRE owned by Debra Williams. He was better than usual in my class. He tends to slow down in the trot but today he was really with me – he was like another horse, it was amazing,” Matute said. “The best part of our ride was the canter.”
Matute said she has been riding Califa for a year-and-a-half and that her goal is to compete him at the Intermediaire I level. “I also have a four year old Hanoverian that I am working with,” she said.
Matute was thrilled to win the Custom Saddlery Young Ambassador Award. Cary Wallace, President and Master Saddle Fitter at Custom Saddlery, congratulated Matute on her winning form throughout the show. “Paula is a great rider that comes from a very well-known dressage family. She has an amazing future ahead of her and I can’t wait to see what she does with all of her potential,” Wallace said. “Custom is thrilled to award Paula with the Young Ambassador Award, she kept a smile on her face throughout the show, was a wonderful role model for others and a great ambassador for the sport of dressage.”
The Custom Saddlery Young Ambassador Award highlights a young rider who is a good ambassador for the sport of dressage. “Custom Saddlery is a strong supporter of the importance of proper saddle fit for both horse and rider and through the Young Ambassador Program we hope to educate our young riders about the importance of proper fitting tack,” Wallace said. “At the end of the year our Young Ambassadors will have the opportunity to vote online for a rider they believe deserves a new Custom Saddle, based on need, talent and votes. It’s an exciting new program and we are thrilled that Paula was named a Custom Young Ambassador.”
Custom Saddlery is well known in the dressage world and they are endorsed by a host of dressage superstars including Steffen Peters. “Custom also has a great website and I encourage everyone to visit it to learn more about our saddles. On the website, visitors can view each type of saddle we offer, the various customizable options and sizes, read about the warranty, pricing policy and how the saddles were developed. All of the information they need can be found in one place. We also feature a series of interviews with our riders called ‘Custom Moments’ that focus on the riders themselves. We have a great one on the website with Steffen Peters that I know everyone will enjoy.”
For more information on Custom Saddlery, visit their website at www.mysaddle.com.