Yeguada de Ymas Breeding Program Shines Through in Europe
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Posted by Betsy LaBelle
Juan Matute Jr shared, “Jamaicano flew great from the states. He did not lose any weight at all. He looked super fit from day one and was ready to start working. Our first show was at the CDI 3* Club de Campo, Madrid. He was a bit nervous the first few days but after realizing that his "buddy" was there with him, (in other words, me) he cooled down and relaxed. We did a magnificent job that weekend obtaining a 78.8% the first day in the preliminary and an 83.6% on the 5-year-old final. We left Madrid with a big smile on our face, with our heads high, because of the brilliant scores achieved and because we had one of the two required scores needed to be able to represent Spain in the World Championships in Verden. During Can Alzina, Barcelona 2014 last weekend, we placed first in the first preliminary day with an 80%, second preliminary day we placed second with an 81% and in the final we once again placed second with an 86%. These are great scores, a great experience and lots of fun. Now we definitely have our scores needed for Verden and now we wait to see if we made it on the team. I still got my fingers crossed, but it looks good. Jamaicano and I are learning and growing in our partnership at high speeds. I have so much fun with him. Congratulations Cristina and Javier, Yeguada de Ymas for this amazing horse.”
The Team prepares next for the Junior European Championships Arezzo, Italy. Paula said, “The next competition will be the Junior/Young Riders European Championships. This year it looks like Spain has a strong team for the Juniors. I am really looking forward to see what the future holds for us.”
Juan Jr said, “Dhannie Ymas won the three days in a row during the Can Alzina, Barcelona 2014 competition last weekend. He took the Junior Team Test with a 69%, the Individual Test with a 72% and the Freestyle with a 76%. Overall it was great. We still have some final touches to fix but besides that, WE ARE READY!”
Paula shared, “Now we have 4 weeks of concentration before the big finals where we will fix all these things without a doubt in order to perform our best. I believe both of my horses have top potential and will play a good role this summer.”
In the Under 25 Grand Prix Level
Juan Matute Jr rides Don Diego Ymas and Paula Matute rides Tarpan Ymas and they continue to gain experience at the U25 Grand Prix level. During the CDI Can Alzina 2014 Barcelona competition, Don Diego Ymas scored 70.73% at the Intermediate II B and 68.52% at the Grand Prix. Tarpan Ymas scored 68.21% at the Intermediate II B, and a 66.04% at the Grand Prix.
The big challenge for them is to try to make the selection for the team at the 2014 Aachen CDIO Under 25 Grand Prix, if possible. The competition starts only days after the Junior/ Young Riders in Arrezzo, Italy.
Paula Matute shared, “Additionally, for the U25 I am currently waiting for the federation to make the selection official, and if I am lucky and get selected, then Tarpan Ymas and I will be looking into the prestigious CHIO AACHEN. Just to think about it after only one month riding Grand Prix is already more than satisfying.”
When asked, what is it like competing in Europe as opposed to Florida? Paula said, “Perhaps the biggest difference is the amount of Junior and Young Riders in the shows. Competing against so many riders motivates me to perform better and perhaps awakens a lot more ambition in me. I believe it is an outstanding way of learning new things and keeping up with the European evolution. What I mean by this is that since there are not too many riders in Wellington, we fall a bit behind on what is actually going on out there, when we arrive to Europe, we realize we need to move it up a notch higher.”
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