Escorial, New Olympic Hopeful for Joao Victor Oliva

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 11:28
Ricardo Reis on Escorial at the 2020 CDI Cascais :: Photo © Rui Pedro Godinho

Brazilian 2016 Olympic team rider Joao Victor Oliva might have a new Olympic hopeful for Tokyo 2021, the Lusitano stallion Escorial.

After losing the ride on his number one Grand Prix horse Aron de Massa in the spring of 2020, Oliva had no immediate Grand Prix level confirmed successor for a Tokyo run.

However, the tide has turned for him and the investment group JRME Horse Campline has acquired the 11-year old Lusitano stallion Escorial (by Spartacus x Edo RHE) from Coudelaria Luis Bastos and given the ride to Joao. 

Ricardo Reis and Escorial

Bred by Coudelaria Santa Barbara, Escorial made his international show debut under Ricardo Reis at the 2018 CDU Alter do Chao at small tour level. 

After a successful season at small tour level, the stallion was moved up to medium tour level in 2019, booking several victories at the CDI's hosted in Portugal, including the ones in Cascais and Abrantes. 

At the CDI Lisbon in October 2019 the pair moved to Grand Prix level and scored 66.304% in the Grand Prix and 67.021% in the Special. 

This year Reis and Escorial campaigned at the home CDI's in Cascais and Beloura posting scores of 69%. 

Sold in Portugal, to Ride for Brazil

Reis and Escorial at the 2020 CDI Cascais
Escorial has now been sold to the Portuguese company, JRME Horse Campline

JRME Horse Campline not only sees an international Grand Prix horse in Escorial, but also a valuable breeding stallion. 

"This outstanding stallion star has more than 230 offsprings, some of them already rising dressage stars," Diogo Sousa de Assunçao told Eurodressage. 

The 24-year old Joao, who is the son of the famous retired female Brazilian basketball player Hortencia Marcari who won silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, will compete the horse.

Oliva also has the 9-year old Lusitano Husseim VO (by Almansor da Broa x Dragao II) and the 8-year old Westfalian Feel Good VO (by Franziskus x Dimension) to ride.

Photos © Rui Pedro Godinho

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