Carvalho’s Batutata Potentially Sold to Japan

According to eurodressage.com, Batuta, Lusitano with experience at Grand Prix Level, might have been sold to Japan. The 11-year-old mare could be a possible choice for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Two months ago the Quixote daughter moved to Bartels Academy in order to be sold. As of yet no official statement has been made.
Jose Antonio Garcia Mena developed Batuta to international Grand Prix level, but could not hold onto the mare. International Sport Horse Investment, a Portuguese business, bought the horse and gave its ride to Goncalo Carvalho. In 2014 the pair had their debut. In 2015 they were part of the team at the European Championships in Aachen, where they were 13th in the Freestyle. The goal was Rio 2016, but Portugal did not obtain a slot for an individual rider. Then the pair was not seen for a long time, but they were back in October at the Portuguese Championship. Eurodressage.com reports that a new owner might have been found in February already, but apparently none of the parties involved have made a statement yet.