aka "Joe"

owned by Anita Houtsma, ridden by hr daughter Ashley

Read her letter at the end of this page.


Donativo is becoming a successful eventer!

and is a handsome fellow like his Sire,Donavan.

June 8, 2006: Donativo won his Division last weekend at Hill n Hound Horse Trials in Kane, IL . He was 1st after Dressage with a penalty score of 33.2, clean cross country and 1 rail stadium for a combined total score of 37.2



My name is Ashley Houtsma and we bought Donativo from Canada when he was two. He will turn five in May, and he has been doing wonderfully! (His stable name is "Joe" which suits him very well). I just thought I would write to you to tell you what a great time we have had with him, and I included some pictures so you can see how he looks. We broke him to saddle and walk trot canter by ourselves, because his disposition is so willing to please and pleasant. Last summer I competed him at the beginner novice level of three day eventing--and he LOVES it! He is so brave cross country, he will jump anything and is very honest to the fences. He won seventh place in a combined test in Kentucky, and he got fourth place in Dayton, Ohio at the Queeny Park Horse Trials. He is a lovely mover, and athletic jumper. For his age, he has adapted to the horse show scene seamlessly. I wanted to compliment your stallion on what a nice disposition he throws! I met him at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic, and I saw so much of Joe in him. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Joe, feel free to update his picture on your website (from the one of him as a foal!) Let me know what you think. Thanks! Ashley Houtsma