earned another USDF/Hanoverian Year End Award in 2002, 3rd
Place at Intermediaire-II. He and JJ Tate continue to fine tune
their already fabulous skills at FEI level Dressage.
you to Lori O'Brien for the holiday greetings and beautiful
photos of Donielle,
'96 mare by Donavan. Lori reports they are having a lot of
fun together since Donielle
has been under saddle. Donielle
is the gray horse on the right.
Royal Winter Fair has just ended in Canada, one of the
largest events of its kind in the world. We are pleased
to report that Donavan's son, Donativo,
was Jr. Colt and Gelding Champion, after winning his class
of Colts and Geldings of 2001, He is owned by David and
Maureen Lowrey. His sister, Dopple Dopple, owned by Kirsten
Keene, won 4th place in the Fillies of 2002.
JJ Tate of Wyngate Dressage Center earned 3rd place
in the country for Hanoverians at Hanoverian Society/ USDF
All Breeds Awards Intermediaire II with a 61.436% median
score (one score over 70%). Like good wine, Donavan improves
We are so proud!
MARES group welcomes JJ Tate and Donavan for a demonstration
and talk about creating a Musical Freestyle. MARES stands
for Madison Area Recreational Equestrian Sisters. There
was a wonderful turnout at Green Meadows Farm and Donavan
enjoyed their approval and attention!
11, 2002, the Big Guy and his Lady (JJ and Donavan) performed
their Musical Ker in front of a crowd of about 600 gathered
for a polo match between the Minneapolis and Milwaukee
Polo Clubs. The match was held to raise funds for the Task
Force on Family Violence and included a Fancy Hat auction,
raffle, art exhibition, great food, and the exciting polo
match. Every one was quite smitten with Donavan, and Olympic
hopeful JJ Tate spoke with admirers and posed for pictures
which Donavan truly enjoys immensely!
(with rider JJ Tate) has qualified for the Region 4 Regionals
both I-2 AND GRAND PRIX and will compete for the Midwest
Championships. We are not attending the Region 2 because
JJ will be going to the World Equestrian Games.
Condolances to Dee Butler, Va. on the loss of her '02
Donavan colt during the foaling process. We are pleased
she will be breeding back to Donavan in the spring. She
continues to enjoy her first Donavan filly, "Cookie"!
Donavan and JJ Tate performed a Musical Kur before
an appreciative audience at lunch time at the American Hanoverian
Society Inspections at Oldenburg Farm, LLC, in Mequon, Wisconsin
on July 23. We'll have pictures soon! A high quality group
of new Hanoverians were presented along with Riverland Farms
filly by Donavan out of Teerose.
by Donavan and out of Teerose, sold to Susan Link of
Racine, Wisconsin. The 2 year old will be working with trainer
Patty Becker. Congratulations and best wishes on the purchase
of this promising Donavan performance gelding!
Riverland Farm is pleased to announce the birth of Delicious,
another beautiful filly by ES Donavan out of Thoroughbred
mare Dots N Orbit (Kitty) on June 28. Delli is very feminine
bay with two matching hind socks and a star, thin strip,
and the Donavan snip! She is very graceful at only three
days old! The plan for her is to event for the Costellos'
Delicious joins her half-sister Devotee,
out of Teerose, in the same pasture. Devotee
was born on June 13 and is a striking, elegant, long-legged
bay filly, with star and snip. She has that friendly personality
and beautiful movement from Donavan. She is half-sister
to Winteroza by Winterprinz, and may turn gray also. Click
here for more.
feel very fortunate that Devotee
has a good nurse mare to care for her, after the sad loss
of her mom, our beloved Teerose, following unexpected complications
after Devotee's birth. Teerose
will live in our hearts and memories through these wonderful
Riverland Farm sends sincere condolences to Jackie
Ege on the loss of her beloved Deja (by Donavan), much,
much too soon! We know they made each other very happy.
Riverland Farm's Winteroza was champion of mares and
fillies! Winteroza, a 2001 filly by Winterprinz, won
her class of yearling fillies at the WDCTA Dressage and
Breed show June 22 & 23. She went on to win the Mares
and Fillies Championship for the show and the High Point
Hanoverian. She is now qualified to attend the USDFBC finals!
Visit Winteroza's page for
Riverland Farm's Calico Mountain Sugar and Spice
(Sugar), our beloved buckskin mustang mare, and
her colt, "Spirit"
(Esprit d'Amerique du Nordthe Spirit of North
America), has just returned from Wisconsin Equine Clinic,
greeted by the entire horse population! Everyone comments
on how tall Spirit is compared to his mom, who is only
13.3 hands. They are thrilled with the two new grass
paddocks with new fencing put up especially for this
year's foals and mares. Click
here for more.
(Pilot) has returned home to the Riverland Farm
after being backed. He is now almost 17 hh and vet says
he is still growing a lot so the big boy will get some
time off before he gets into hard work!! He just turned
3 on May 20th and is a "late bloomer!" Jessica
Jo Tate, who rides daddy Donavan likes him a lot ..
calls him "Little D."
Welcome Kay's First to the Riverland Farm broodmare
band! She is the dam of a 1999 colt by Donavan, Drachen
Herz, owned by Margaret Goodell, and was bought
Herz is such a nice young stallion. Kay's First
will be bred back to Donavan for a 2003 foal. Click
here to learn more about the three-year-old stallion
Good News! Riverland Farm's "Remy,"
dam of Duesenjaeger
(Pilot) is pregnant by Donavan again, and this should
be a fabulous full sibling to Pi. She is a Bold Ruler
Thoroughbred approved by both the American Hanoverian
Society and the ISR/Oldenburg Registry North America.
Watch for our Blessed Broodmare
page! Coming soon.
Donavan is breeding to his all time high number of
mares for the 2002 season as his fans grow in numbers!
It can be a challenge for him to "dance around
his show dates" to accommodate the increasing numbers
of mares needing his services, but the entire "Donavan
Group" of veterinarians, trainers, grooms, transport
support etc. work closely together and make this possible
with a smoothness and cooperation that is laudable in
owners, Wendy and Marty Costello, wish to thank JJ
Tate, Candace Tate, and the entire staff of the
Wyngate Dressage Center; Dr. Andrew Schmidt and Dr. Kristina
Johnson and the staff of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic;
Wayne Kiehnau and Gail Kelln of Liberty Equestrian Training
Center; Anna Goebel of A.G. Enterprises; Karen Lietz of
Karen Lietz Photograpy; and the Midwest Breeders Group for
their help, support and talents and their true fondness
for this special "Big Guy." With great enthusiasm
and anticipation we look forward to 2002-2003. Thanks
Riverland Farm's Calico Mountain Sugar and Spice
(Sugar), our beloved buckskin mustang mare, had
a colt on March 2 by J.P. Casselman Wilfred Dazzler,
a Cheval Canadien (a Canadian). "Spirit"
(Esprit d'Amerique du Nordthe Spirit of North America),
is adorable, looks dark bay now, with a star and snip,
straight long legs and beautiful face. He may turn buckskin
like his mom. There were a few moments of concern, as
he was born a bit earlier than expected, but is bouncing
around mom and getting stronger. He is friendly and
curious. He and mom are at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic
right now but hope to be home at Riverland with their
w/ Rider. Click to enlarge image.
Coming Soon: a foal by Donavan out of Teerose,
Hanoverian Main Book mare, and a foal by Donavan out of
Dots In Orbit, TB mare.
Herz, and Duesenjaeger,
the Dynamic Duo of 2001, both have been started under
saddle and all reports are they were easy as pie to start!
the stud colt, is already being ridden by owner Margaret
Goodell outside and around the farm and is anticipating
his 100 Day Test! All agree the special sweetness and
easy trainability come from their Dad, Donavan.
Jessica Jo Tate performed at Equine Affaire in Ohio and
at Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin in April, and started
their show season at Silverwood Farm in May.