Yeguada de Ymas – Developing the Best Dressage Horses for International Competition

Yeguada de Ymas farm in Spain called Sandaraca Vince  Photo: Yeguada de Ymas
Yeguada de Ymas farm in Spain called Sandaraca Vince Photo: Yeguada de Ymas

Yeguada de Ymas – Developing the Best Dressage Horses for International Competition - The development of the Ymas foals to young horses, to training for world class competition make up the goal for Yegueda de Ymas. With a breeding stable in the West of Spain called Sandaraca Vince and a top class Grand Prix Dressage Training Facility in Wellington, Florida, called Elemis Ranch, the Ymas name truly develops the best horses. These horses are specially gifted in their movements.

In the year 2005, Sandaraca Vince, S.L. took over the reins of this stud farm with great enthusiasm from the great D. Francisco Beresaluze who started breeding PRE horses in 1977. The stud farm has grown in prestige, and has became well known and respected in Spain among the breeders and professionals. The farm continues the tradition of breeding PRE horses but also breeds CDE (Spanish Sporthorses) to promote and continue to make the horses competitive on the world stage in dressage. 

Yeguada de Ymas farm in Spain called Sandaraca Vince  Photo: Yeguada de Ymas
Yeguada de Ymas farm in Spain called Sandaraca Vince Photo: Yeguada de Ymas

The Breeding: Until they are three years old, colts and fillies live totally free in the different meadows specially designed for them. When they are three years old activities are increased, seeking to establish the correct development of their muscles, generating a fitness level of such quality that increases their possibility of acquiring and maintaining the aptitudes that are necessary for an ideal dressage horse. At three and a half years of age, young horses begin to be trained under saddle (very light initiation due to their age) and depending on their aptitude.   

With a full-time laboratory for the horses at the farm, Sandaraca Vince has it's own complete Veterinary team for the breeding. The Laboratory includes embrio tranfers, the best in breeding technology, and a whole lot more.  

Yeguada de Ymas farm in Spain called Sandaraca Vince  Photo: Yeguada de Ymas
Yeguada de Ymas farm in Spain called Sandaraca Vince Photo: Yeguada de Ymas

Since birth the horses are constantly supervised so that their development and growth is healthy and balanced. The purpose  of the supervision is to try to prevent any type of disease known to the equine, to make sure they are kept sound and agile in their footing, and make sure the essentials required for the correct breeding, gestation and delivery of the off springs are all met for healthy and happy young horses. 

A full SPA for the horses includes a horse treadmill, infra-red treatments, and a full service for training, preparing the muscles to prevent injury, and helping the overall fitness of the horses.  

Dressage School

The Yeguada de Ymas offers a training course for future riders of Dressage.

-The applicant must be between 18 and 24 years of age, knowledge of Spanish not a requirement.

-The applicant must send a video of 8 minutes of duration where he/she is seen walking, trotting and cantering a horse. Optionally, one can send an additional video of a test.

This video can be sent in DVD or mp4 format to the following address:

Yeguada de Ymas  C/ Leréz nº2 , 28002-Madrid, España.

Please include in this packet your CV and contact information.

The training includes theory and practice sessions of riding, but also the following subjects will be taught:

Pau Gómez Molina is a student in the program at Yeguada de Ymas
Pau Gómez Molina is a student in the program at Yeguada de Ymas

- Basic principles of equine anatomy; equine sports physiology; bases of equine quinetic movements; basic quine pathologies and their prevention; equine physiotherapy and rehabilitation; how to prevent injuries in the equine athlete; preventing infectious disease in the competition horse: vaccination and biosecurity.

- The hoof: growth and care,

- Principles of equine nutrition,

- The breeding process of the sport horse,

- Saddles and bits,

- Physical training programs for riders,

- Riders will compete in Spain and there may be an option of continuing 6 months training in Wellington, Florida, USA.

The riders selected will have a 5 year contract, which includes the 2 years of training (housing is provided during these two years at the Yeguada de Ymas).

Yeguada de Ymas Breeding on the World Stage - Juan Matute and Team Matute

Yeguada de Ymas horses train for world class competition Photo: Yeguada de Ymas
Yeguada de Ymas horses train for world class competition Photo: Yeguada de Ymas

With Top Class instruction, three time Olympian for Spain, Juan Matute trains out of Yeguada de Ymas' farm in Wellington, Florida called Elemis Ranch. The results speak for themselves. With the philosophy that the horses move one step at a time, Team Matute continues to dominate the Wellington, Florida Dressage circuit with the Ymas horses.

Training the Ymas horses up the levels to international competition, Paula Matute (18 yrs old) and Juan Matute Jr (16 years old) prove to the world that age doesn't matter as much as dedication and passion for the horses. Together they dominated the 2014 Wellington winter dressage circuit. Juan Matute Jr recieved the highest score in the CDIO Nations Cup in the small tour, to go on to place third, winning the individual bronze medal with Don Diego Ymas with a beautiful freestyle score of 75.3%. Paula beat her brother aboard Firmamento Ymas in the Junior Team test in March 2014 with a score of 70.946% and Juan Jr a second on Dhannie Ymas with a score of 70.856%. 

Yeguada de Ymas horses train for world class competition Photo: Yeguada de Ymas
Yeguada de Ymas horses train for world class competition Photo: Yeguada de Ymas

The horses shine, not only in Wellington, but in Europe as well. In 2013 during the European Championships, in the Junior division, Juan Jr stepped up from not the best start to rally for a 76.17% score to take fourth place overall with Don Diego Ymas. 

The philosophy is clear, Yeguada de Ymas cares for the whole passion of the animal from birth through high level training at the top level in the sport of Dresssage. The horses love what they are doing and the team truly is building a solid foundation one day at a time for future success. Together they start with good solid horses, either born and bred in Spain, or adopted to build the philosophy toward the interantional stage, to show the beginnings of a bright future.  

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