Hannah Irons, Felicitas Hendricks, Juan Matute Jr., and Pablo "Pau" Molina Earn Division Wins at the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships

Written by Carly Weilminster - In Dressage - Monday, March 21, 2016

Juan Matute Jr. and Dhannie Ymas Photo: SusanJStickle

Four talented individual riders collected championship accolades today at AGDF for their performances in this week's Florida International Youth Dressage Championships presented by Kim Boyer, the Davis family, the Kane family, and Dressage4Kids, highlighting international dressage riders under the age of 25.

Hannah Irons, 16, of Queenstown, MD, rode Bohdjan to capture top honors in the FEI Pony division, while Felicitas Hendricks, 15, of Hagen, Germany, and Faible AS won the FEI Junior division. Juan Matute Jr., 18, of Madrid, Spain, and Dhannie Ymas were recognized for their top performances in the FEI Young Rider division, while Pablo Gomez Molina, 21, of Valencia, Spain, and Tarpan Ymas earned the Under 25 championship. Six different nations were represented in championships, while riders from around North America traveled to partake in one of the main CDI championships hosted for the next generation of dressage riders.

Juan Matute Jr. competes in a number of divisions on a typical CDI week at AGDF, but has found a new sense of consistency in his rides and brings a positive energy to the ring with each test. Earning the FEI Young Rider championship, Matute Jr. discussed his approach to the week. "I'm very lucky to be able to ride many different kinds of horses that give you different feelings. Thank you to Yeguada de Ymas, my sponsor, for allowing me to have these opportunities," said Matute Jr. "I think our goal this week was to reach high scores, which are always the goal, but also to experience new feelings, like softer aids and a lighter contact, but it's also about enjoying the championship. We're all young and we're supposed to have fun, which is our priority here."

Matute Jr. competed with his gold medal-winning European Championship mount, Dhannie Ymas. The pair continues to earn big scores, and their partnership has only strengthened since last season. "He's a superstar. He's a super talent. He's very ambitious, which is where some of our mistakes came from this week, being a bit overly ambitious, which was mutual," he laughed. "Little by little we're making our steps to the higher levels together."Felicitas Hendricks and Faible AS Photo: SusanJStickle

Hendricks and Faible AS have been very competitive on the AGDF tour since last season, which was their first time ever competing in the United States. Hendricks, who rides with the Christoph Koschel, has formed a strong bond with Faible AS, consistently performing relaxed and fluid tests.

"I've been riding him for a little bit over a year now, and he can be very special. This is great experience for him here in this international ring," said Hendricks. "He learns from show to show as do I. Every show is a new beginning for us, and he always gives his best. I try to do my best too for him."

"Last year when we came, that was my first international show. This is my second year doing them, and I hope that we will be able to come back next year as well," she continued.

Irons and Bohdjan competed together for the first time at the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships this week and the experience is something that Irons feels was very beneficial for the duo.

"Bohdjan was graciously donated to Dressage4Kids by Bebe Davis and the Davis family, so he has a lot of experience in the FEI Pony division. I started competing him last summer, so he has taught me a lot already," said Irons. "This was our first CDI together, and it was a fun experience getting to know riders from all over the world and competing at such a big facility. It was a whole new level for me, and it was a great experience."Hannah Irons and Bohdjan Photo: SusanJStickle

"I'm very thankful to everyone that has given me the opportunity to be here, Dressage4Kids, who own Bobo, and my parents and friends for all of their support," she added.

Gomez Molina and Tarpan Ymas, owned by Yeguada Ymas, are a relatively new pair, as Gomez only took over the ride on the stunning chestnut gelding earlier this season. Their performances in the Under 25 division at the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships served as their second CDI competition together and their first championship event at AGDF.

"Yeguada de Ymas gave me a really good horse to ride in the Under 25. We had some mistakes today, but I'm happy because he was good too," said Gomez Molina. "We are very happy with our tests this week. We are just beginning together now."

Gomez Molina is looking forward to forging a partnership with Tarpan Ymas and working with him more throughout this year to solidify their understanding and communication in the ring.Pablo Gomez Molina and Tarpan Ymas Photo: SusanJStickle

Overall Florida International Youth Dressage Champion Juan Matute Jr. in the presentation ceremony with Terri Kane, Kim Boyer, Jessica Newman with Molly McDougall from JustWorld International, and Sarah Davis.

"I think right now, it's about working every day outside of the shows, but also keeping showing and keep going. We're going to continue learning," he noted.

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Final Results: Florida International Youth Dressage Championships presented by The Davis Family, Kim Boyer, Dressage4Kids, The Kane Family
Place, Name, Country, Horse, Horse Information, Team Score, Individual Score, Overall Total:

Under 25:
1. Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP), Tarpan Ymas, 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Waterman x Iriantwa x Renovo owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L.: 68.026%, 66.977%, 67.501%

2. Diana Porsche (AUT), Di Sandro, 2003 Oldenburg gelding by De Niro x Gentina x Sandro owned by Diana Porsche: 67.982%, 65.465%, 66.723%

3. Alexandra Dvorak (CAN), Fling, 2000 Westphalian gelding by Florestan I x Meilynn x Montmartre owned by Tom Dvorak: 66.667%, 65.194%, 65.930%

Young Rider:
1. Juan Matute, Jr. (ESP), Dhannie Ymas, 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Don Crusador x Welina x Unknown: 72.193%, 72.061%, 72.127%

2. Bebe Davis (USA), Feivel Mousekewitz, 2001 Hanoverian gelding by Federweisser x Saninni x Singular Joter owned by Michael Davis: 71.886%, 71.140%, 71.513%

3. Diana Porsche (AUT), Porsche's Eloy, 2004 Hanoverian gelding by Earl x Wladina x Wendenburg: 68.569%, 70.219%, 69.407%

Junior:
1. Felicitas Hendricks (GER), Faible AS, 2004 Westphalian gelding by Furst Piccolo x Deja Vue x D'accord owned by Felicitas Hendricks: 70.135%, 70.711%, 70.423%

2. Vanessa Creech-Terauds (CAN), Fleur de Lis L, 2009 Hanoverian mare by First Dance x EM De La Rose x De Niro owned by Louise Leatherdale: 67.072%, 68.158%, 67.615%

3. Nicole Scarpino (USA), Lambada 224, 2007 Hanoverian mare by Light and Easy x Hauptstutbuch Wendy x Werther owned by Nicole Scarpino: 63.333%, 64.053%, 63.684%

Pony:
1. Hannah Irons (USA), Bohdjan, 199 Dutch Sport Pony by Baccarat x Papanga x Apollo owned by Dressage4Kids: 63.846%, 63.854%, 63.85%

Overall Top Scores in all Three Divisions:
1. Juan Matute, Jr. (ESP), Dhannie Ymas, 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Don Crusador x Welina x Unknown: 72.193%, 72.061%, 72.127%

2. Bebe Davis (USA), Feivel Mousekewitz, 2001 Hanoverian gelding by Federweisser x Saninni x Singular Joter owned by Michael Davis: 71.886%, 71.140%, 71.513%

3. Felicitas Hendricks (GER), Faible AS, 2004 Westphalian gelding by Furst Piccolo x Deja Vue x D'accord owned by Felicitas Hendricks: 70.135%, 70.711%, 70.423%