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Juan Matute Guimon to Compete at Spanish Championships This Week in First Show Since Life Saving Brain Surgery

Juan Matute Guimon returns to competition with Quantico in the Spanish championships in Madrid this week, five months since undergoing a life-saving operation to repair a genetic brain disorder.

The 22-year-old Juan declared himself “nearly at 100%” recovered but “slightly nervous” to be back in competition.

He will ride Quantico, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding on which he is the second highest ranked Spanish rider, in the Grand Prix at the Las Cadenas show grounds in Madrid. The last time he competed Quantico was at Doha, Quatar in February, two months after posting a personal best mark of 80.510% in the World Cup Freestyle at Mechelen, Belgium.

“I’m so excited,” Juan told in a text message Monday. “Can’t wait!

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Article written by: KENNETH J. BRADDICK

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