Juan Matute Wins First Grand Prix of 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Juan Matute Jr. and Quantico Ymas

Juan Matute Jr. and Quantico Ymas (Photo: ©SusanJStickle)

Wellington, FL - Week ten continued on Thursday, March 16, at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm.

AGDF 10 takes place from March 15-19 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and features the CDI 4* and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Havensafe Farm; CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation; and CDI 1*, presented by CaptiveOne. The week also features a National Show and the 2017 Florida International Youth Dressage Championships.

Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Quantico Ymas, a 2006 Hanoverian gelding (Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch) owned by Juan F Matute, bested the competition in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm, with 68.660%. This is Matute's first Grand Prix victory of the 2017 season.

"Overall my horses feel fresh and happy," said Matute of his rides today. "The temperature is lovely so we get the perfect weather with the combination of the coolness but we have the sun, so it's not too cold. Quantico is a hot horse, so with the extra factor of the weather, sometimes the weather can create a little bit of chaos or it can create a great test with lots of energy, like today. I think that we had a couple of mistakes here and there and can of course continue improving, but overall the energy was there and the horse was really willing to work and give me his best. There were many times that I had great feelings."

Tuny Page and Dr. House 2

Tuny Page and Dr. House 2 (Photo: ©SusanJStickle)

Quantico Ymas has been with Matute since he was two years old. "The philosophy in our house when it comes to this sport, is to buy the horses young and build them up. If they are good and have enough quality to stay with our team, we compete them, and if not, we sell them."

He described of his horse, "Quantico was a very challenging horse. He has jumping bloodlines, but for some reason with him, I've always had a special connection. I love all of my horses and have a great connection with them all, but with this horse it's different and it's difficult to explain. Although he was challenging a couple of years ago, he eventually understood that the more we work together, the better and more fun it can be."

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor (Photo: ©SusanJStickle)

The second-place award went to Arlene Page (USA) and Dr. House 2, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding (Don Schufro x Rinerfa JS x Krack C) owned by Page, with 67.600%. Capturing third place in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm, was Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I) owned by Patricia Stempel, earning 67.220%.

Competition at AGDF will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Junior Rider Team Test, presented by The Axel Johnson Group, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corp, and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm. For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total %

1. Juan Matute Guimon (ESP), Quantico Ymas, 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch, owned by Juan F Matute: 70.900%, 68.800%, 68.100%, 68.700%, 66.800%, 68.660%
2. Arlene Page (USA), Dr. House 2, 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Don Schufro x Rinerfa JS x Krack C, owned by Arlene Page: 67.700%, 65.700%, 68.300%, 67.400%, 68.900%, 67.600%
3. Shelly Francis (USA), Doktor, 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Diamond Hit x Gurena x Renoir I, owned by Patricia Stempel: 68.000%, 65.900%, 65.400%, 67.900%, 68.900%, 67.220%
4. Katherine Bateson (USA), Alcazar, 2005 KWPN gelding by Cantango x Polina, owned by Jane Forbes Clark: 70.200%, 65.400%, 65.900%, 66.700%, 66.700%, 66.980%
5. Jill Irving (CAN), Degas 12, 2002 Warmblood gelding by De Niro x Rosana M x Regazonni, owned by Jill Irving: 69.400%, 67.700%, 65.200%, 64.800%, 66.500%, 66.720%
6. Jacqueline Brooks (CAN), D Niro, 1998 Swedish Warmblood gelding by D day x Alitalia x Napoleon 625, owned by Brookhaven Dressage Inc.: 66.600%, 66.600%, 66.700%, 66.900%, 65.200%, 66.400%
7. Katie Poag (USA), Zonnekoning, Dutch Warmblood stallion by Florett As x Maraba, owned by Katie Poag: 66.600%, 65.700%, 66.900%, 66.800%, 65.300%, 66.260%
8. Maria Florencia Manfredi (ARG), Bandurria Kacero, 2005 SA gelding by Wonderboy Sdtal Ghyuan x Bandurria Farola, owned by Enrique Sztyrle: 66.000%, 67.000%, 65.700%, 66.300%, 65.000%, 66.000%