Yeguada de Ymas' Powerful and Intelligent Horses with Rider Pablo “Pau” Gómez Molina
Written by Betsy LaBelle - In Dressage - Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The main training headquarters of the highly proficient breeding farm Yeguada de Ymas located in Wellington, Florida, where the staff is like family, develops particularly talented Spanish horses from the young horses brought up near Madrid, Spain. Owned by Cristina Danguillecourt and Javier Bacariza, these uniquely built horses that bear the name “de Ymas” are truly gifted within each horse’s own mind and movements. This breed program, proving brilliant in all levels earlier this year, prepare their horses for a strong future in the FEI Levels.
Riding and developing “de Ymas” horses at the Wellington Grand Prix Dressage Training Facility called Elemis Ranch, Wellington resident Pablo Gómez Molina (“Pau”) plays an integral part in training and bringing this line of horse up the levels through the young horse classes to become small tour superstars that continue to head toward the Grand Prix level. Pau loves and appreciates his job, “It’s been an amazing opportunity for me. I’m so grateful for being a part of this.”
Pau’s affection for riding young horses began when he was 8 years old and continued through his teenage years in Valencia, Spain. While attending his first year in university, he noticed an ad for a scholarship to ride at Yeguada de Ymas (translation “stud farm of Ymas”) in 2013. Acknowledging his passion for young horses and their training, his always supportive parents encouraged him to apply.
He and four other candidates were interviewed for a program at the Spain facility where the ones hired would learn how to properly ride young horses at the farm in Spain and, when adept, would be relocated to their Elemis Ranch in Wellington. Impressed with Pau from the very beginning of the interview process, Cristina and Javier hired and immediately transferred him to the Elemis Ranch where young “de Ymas” horses were being trained under the guidance of three-time Olympian Juan Matute, Sr.
Exceedingly pleased with Pau’s accomplishments since his arrival in Wellington almost three years ago, owner and breeder Cristina Danguillecourt said, “Pau has been an asset to our team since he arrived. He’s always willing to give whatever is necessary to help. He’s a team player and doing a great job. It’s been enormously gratifying to watch him develop into a top rider.”
A Day’s Tasks
Pau regularly rides six or more horses a day. “I have a core group of horses that I prepare for competition which are all under the guidance of Juan Matute, Sr. Since we are a big team, like a family really, there often ends up being a horse or two that still need to be worked that day, so I make sure I help where I can. I learn so much here and enjoy all of it.”
One of the farm’s top horses that has grown with Pau includes Lanzado de Ymas (Judio VII x Lanzada VII/Superior II), a 7-year-old stallion. Both Pau and the stallion arrived at the Ranch around the same time. “I’ve been working with him for almost three years now. He’s very focused and intelligent. We have a special bond.” After only working together less than a year, the pair competed in the difficult 6-year-old test to bring in good scores during the early winter 2014 season. “That’s not easy for any horse.” Pau continued his praise, “He has really good movement and always wants to work. He’s a very sensitive horse from the leg, which makes him all the more magnificent to ride.” The pair are currently preparing for the Small Tour (Prix St. Georges) 2016 winter season.
Pau’s Highlights of 2015
In June, Pau and 6-year-old PRE mare (“Pura Raza Espanola” translated to mean the pure Spanish horse) Truhana de Ymas (Envidiado de Ymas x Nicaragua III/Rio II) earned a respectable 75.4% at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Georgia and qualified for the USEF Young Horse Finals.
In August, Pau competed Truhana de Ymas in the 6-year old tests of the USEF Young Horse Finals at Lamplight Farms near Chicago where USA Young Horse Team Coach Christine Traurig made the Spanish rider feel included, “She watched me riding and at first I was nervous, but then she came up to me and said I was riding correctly. It was really nice of her to do that.” Rider and horse earned a fantastic 8th place on the first day, 12th position on the second day and the horse was recognized as the best 6-year-old PRE for the entire USA in 2015.
In addition to preparing Lanzado de Ymas for the 2016 winter season, Pau is diligently working with three more horses for competition.
Having only ridden 7-year old bay stallion Sereno de Ymas (Nirvana de Ymas x Guapo Seni II) for one year so far, they have already worked through the Developing Prix St. Georges Test and will now move to the Prix St George/ Intermediaire I (Small Tour). Pau said, “Sereno is a horse that wants to give everything of himself. You can see that he cares about making every movement correct and wants to be perfect in everything. He’s more like a dancer, very artistic.”
Also being trained is 5-year-old gelding Nicaro de Ymas (Nicaragua III x Escritor de Ymas II). Pau is hopeful they will qualify for the 6-year-old tests in the 2016 USEF Young Horse Finals.
The fourth horse being prepared by Pau for the 2016 winter season is Hanoverian Varick Ymas (Fürst Romancier x Lavida Loca / Londonderry), which he rode in the 4-year-old test in Spain this summer. Pau continues to prepare the German bred gelding for the 5-year-old test next year.
More about Yeguada de Ymas
This stud farm has grown in prestige and has become well known and respected in the USA and Spain among breeders and professionals. The facility continues its tradition of training and breeding PRE horses as well as CDE breeds (Spanish sport horses) for competition on the world stage in dressage. The development of the "de Ymas" foals into young horses as world class Grand Prix competitors make up the goal for Yeguada de Ymas.
In Spain, until the horses are three years old, colts and fillies live free to roam the different meadows specially designed for them. When they become three, activities increase to establish top development of their muscles, thereby generating a quality fitness level that increases their potential of acquiring and maintaining the abilities and aptitudes essential to the ideal dressage horse. At three-and-a-half years of age, the young horses are gently and lightly trained under saddle.
Since their birth, the horses are constantly supervised so that development and growth are healthy and balanced. The principles behind continued supervision are for the purpose of preventing any potential for disease, to make sure they are kept sound and agile in their development, and to make sure the essentials required for correct breeding, gestation and delivery of offspring are maintained for healthy and happy young horses.
Currently there are several young horses offered for sale. Go to: http://www.sandaraca.es/venta.php
Yeguada de Ymas
Wellington, Florida and Toledo, Spain (distancing few kilometers from Madrid)
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