of his Offspring , updated often ;
also find more past information under News Archives on the News page.
Damina, 1997 mare
by Donavan out of approved TB mare.
January 2006, news has just come from Damina's former owner about some wonderful success Damina is having with her new owner in the Chicago area. She is being campaigned in mini-prix's and then to go on to the Grand Prix's..jumping!!
"Wendy... Just wanted to keep you updated. Damina (my mare that I sold to a friend in Chicago) won her 1st Mini Prix the week before Christmas in Orlando! She was the only clear round out of 15 rides! She will continue to campaign doing the mini prixs this spring and hopefully be ready to start in the Grand Prix ring in the late summer. Her new owners are taking her slowly and doing great with her - I couldn't be any happier!!
Congrats to all!!
Davy Crockett, 2003 colt
by Donavan out of Winpenny (Weltbekannt) 3 year old stallion son of Donavan's, owned together by Wendy Costello (The Donavan Group,LLC) and Candace Tate, is now under saddle, doing beautifully.. He is very much like his Dad witha bit "extra"..Thought of him as a stallion prospect, but decided he would be a great gelding! Proved us right when JJ Tate put him under saddle, and he is a joy! He is suited as an amateurs horse, and will go far!
<Davy is on the right, Duesenjaeger(Pilot) is on the left..
Davy is coming 2 here, Pilot is coming 6..
Below, right, Davy showing off like his Dad.
Below, Davy with JJ Tate , first ride , not quite 3 years old!!
We call Davy Donavan's Clone.
Davy began his Dressage Career in Spring 2007, and quickly brought home the blue ribbons. He then qualified for Regional Finals, and also the USEF/Merkel National Young Horse Championships held at the KY Horse park, September 2007.
He is now owned by Jayne Nessif of MD and remains in training with JJTate..Jayne will be showing him as an amateur in 2008. Davy will go on To Dressage at Devon in late September, and then to Florida with JJ.
Davy at Kentucky Horse Park September, 2007
**see notes under Donavan for more 2007 achievements.
Duesenjaeger, bred by Riverland Farm, Wendy Costello aka Pilot
by Donavan out of Ona Rainy Day xx
Duesenjaeger (Pilot) above with JJ Tate, had a spectacular year at First and Second level in 2006. In 2007, he started the year off the same, earning scores in the high 60 to mid 70 %. He is schooling 3rd level and some upper level movements. Pilot was sold to Susan Karsch of MA in September of 2007. She plans to compete as an Adult amateur and hopes to earn her medals with Pilot.
Since the Costellos are moving to Maryland,October 2007 they hope to see Pilot around sometimes on the east coast!
Duesenjaeger, "Pilot" is now the Champion of the Born In the USA class at Dressage at Lexington , (VA). He and JJ Tate had a 76.++% for their winning score. In addition Pilot has been winning classes at First and Second Levels. His scores are above 68% most of the time. This the first season at Second and he is doing well. Goal: to compete at Region1 Finals.
Pilot is in Pennsylvania now with JJ Tate, getting ready to show out there for a while. First to Raleigh, NC. JJ and her Grand Prix horse, Cambay and Pi and a few others are there with JJ's trainer Olded Shimoni, Israel's World Cup and Olympic rider.
March 2006: We accepted with pleasure several year end awards for Duesenjaeger, from the WDCTA, Wisconsin Dressage and combined training association , including Champion Maiden at First Level! His average was over 70%.
And he was of course ridden by his father 's wonderful rider , trainer JJ Tate.
We have learned that Pilot has earned Fourth Place at First Level for the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association. He was ridden by Jessica Jo Tate his dad's rider as well. We will attend the banquet soon and receive his award!! We are very proud of him . He has now gone to Florida with JJ to get in shape for this year's competitions.
June 10, 11, 2005: Pilot had a fabulous weekend, earning 72% and 75% on his Training and First level tests on Saturday, still waiting for Sunday test score. With rider JJ TATE , Pilot continues to win and please the judges!
2005: On Saturday, May 8, Duesenjaeger, aka Pilot, Earned a 67% in his first First Level test and took the Blue ribbon at Silverwood in Camp Lake WI. JJ Tate rode him and he was a super competitor.
May 22, 2005. Duesenjaeger has now qualified for Training level Regional championships with scores almost averaging 70%..He has won classes at Silverwood, WI. and Paxton Farm, Ohio. He earned First Level , test 4 scores of 69.444, 69.70%-iles, and a 69.88. First Level test 1 from two different judges. He needs only one more qualifying score at First level to also qualify for Regionals at that level. Owned by Costellos of Riverland Farm.
Duesenjaeger, (Pilot) above, with Wendy Costello, breeder/ owner, (1999 gelding) in 2004, Training Level and High Score champion at Silverwood, WI; qualifying after only 2 shows for Region 2 Championships; went on the be 7th out of 36 at the Finals September, at Lamplight Farms. Illinois . Now in 2005, training in Florida with JJ Tate and planning to show at First level '05 Spring and Summer.
Doha Day: (full sister to Duesenjaeger)
Champion Filly at the 2003 American Hanoverian Society Inspections at Oldenburg Farm in Mequon, Wisconsin and first recipient filly of the new Midwest Breeder's Group Site Champion Award.
2005, Silverwood Dressage, Camp Lake WI. June 10. : Doha Day was First Place two year old filly! Score of over 68% with great score on her walk and movement..
It is hard at this age for many youngsters to to show well, as they are often awkward, growing funny or unbalanced. She made us very proud! She got on the trailer like a pro and behaved herself amidst the hoopla and tents, noise and commotion! Dodie was sold in April of 2006 and has started her Dressage training in Iowa.
Dodie age 3 months
owned by Sarah White, won the HITS (Horses in the Sun) Adult Jumpers Winter Circuit Championship in Ocala, Florida, Feb. 2001. He is out of a TB/Percheron cross mare.
Duesenjaeger and Drachen Herz:
Below: Two of Donavan's sons, both 2 at the time, (and WDCTA breed show winners) Duesenjaeger, and Drachen Herz, posing with Wendy Costello, owner of their daddy, Donavan!, JJ Tate, and Margaret Goodell, ~::~ Also: Sue Reifenrath and Damla Benz 8/2/01: Damla Benz, (1996 filly ) won the Mare Championship over stiff competition, earning over 80% from Hilda Gurney at the Sorensen Show in East Troy, Wisconsin. "Elegant Mare!" Congratulations to Sue Reifenrath of Richfield, Wisconsin.
JJ Tate, Duesenjaeger, '99 gelding, Wendy Costello, Drachen Herz, '99, stallion, and Margaret Goodell (his owner) : 2 year olds, Ch. and Res.Ch. in several classes and Winners: Get of Sire. They made their Daddy proud, who was also there scoring well at I-II and Grand Prix.
Sue Reifenrath and Damla Benz,"Isis".
Damla Benz, "Isis" has continued to excel in Eventing and jumping..and is very capable in Dressage.
• Drachen Herz, Below, won a High Point Hanoverian award at a Breed Finals and at Devon earned a very respectable 7th Place in a class of 28! • 8/2/01: Drachen Herz takes his second Championship… On his way to Regionals and Devon! Hilda Gurney scored him in the 80%'s and praised his elasticity, lovely reach, large joints, Trot!!, and gave him an 8.5 on his walk! Congratulations to Margaret Goodell of Sullivan, Willow Glen Farm, Wisconsin. •see Links page.
Donavan's first Approved Son!
Drachen Herz, in 2004- 2005,
among many other achievements, went on to qualify for the FEI 5 year old
championships at Devon, and to complete the
100 Day Stallion Testing at Paxton Farm and be
lifetime approved and licensed as a breeding stallion!!
He was 3rd of 19 stallions and earned very respectable scores in Dressage and Jumping!
We are so pleased to report the ongoing accomplishments of one of Donavan's very talented offspring out of the beloved Teerose, a mare we lost unexpectedly after giving birth. (see the Mares page). This boy, named Delta Don, (check Offspring page ) was first owned and ridden by a family in Pennsylvania, under the show name Dexter. The teens rode him lead ropes only, when he was only 2 and half years old!. He was campaigned by the youngsters sucessfully in Hunters..and not long ago sold to Sarah Scheiring in Pennsylvania and is now just sweeping up the Hunter circuit! Sarah is kind enough to update me regularly and now reports that her Donovan..as she calls him for shows (note spelling difference) ...is almost 18hh, and the most wonderful horse! We think he is adorable and so..Donavan!! Other full siblings by ESDonavan out of Teerose are Devotee and Drifter. Sarah had this to say in a recent (April '05) email:
January 2006: Just noticed Donovan (Delta Don) has earned some points early this year as they show up under the Hunters listings for sire Donavan for the USEF Leading Sires listings! Congrats to Sarah!
"I just wanted to update you on how Donovan (Delta Don) is doing. He has been so amazing lately. We have moved up to the three foot and in the first three shows we were champion twice. We are going to try to qualify for Zone Finals although I am starting really late in the year then move up to the national divisions starting with the Junior Hunters then moving to the A/O's next year. He is so cooperative with a great personality. It's amazing how well he moves and jumps considering how big he is. We have won almost every under saddle class we have been in. I have another, better picture of him over the 3ft. I hope it worked if not I can give you the site. Unfortunately I cannot scan to give you a photograph without the writing across it, but hopefully i will be able to do so in the near future. Anyways I just wanted to update you. ...~Sarah Scheiring
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