and JJ Tate were again well received by the crowds
at the 25th annual Midwest Horse Fair, April
16-18, in Madison Wisconsin, enjoying standing ovations
and many, many visitors! WE especially enjoyed visiting
with our friends from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and
Minnesota that came in to see Donavan!".
foals are arriving.
As of May 1, 2004 there are one filly and six colts!
Click here for more!
retirement year, 2003, was topped off by being listed
#2 on the Dressage Breeding Leading Sires list
of the USEquestrian Federation, due to the wonderful showing
of his son Drachen
bred by Highland Farm in Canada, was sold to Anita Houtsma
in Illinois. Congratulations to her! We are excited that
he has come to the USA and will be watching for him, perhaps
eventing for Anita and her daughter!
Tate will be in Florida until April 2004 riding
with Oded Shimoni, Olympian and World Cup competitor
from Israel. She has several horses with her, and Donavan
will join her in January. JJ will return to Wyngate
in April and prepare for the show season in the Midwest.
She will perform with Donavan at the Midwest Horse Fair
II was named Hanoverian Stallion of the Year in Germany
for 2003. Riverland Farm is so excited to hear from
the German Hanoverian Verband that Brentano II, sire of
our new mare Bevolina (now nicknamed Boca), has
been named Stallion of the Year! We have to thank our
lucky stars for noticing her advertisement in the National
Sport Horse Sales List. Something said, "Go see
this one!" It was another of those "meant to
be" moments. We are so appreciative of the help that
her former owners, Elke and Klaus Herrmann of Indiana,
gave us in order to seal the deal. Now we cannot wait
to have her in foal to Donavan! - that will be a wonderful
foal!! Anyone interested in reserving a foal from this
pairing, let us know.
and Marty Costello are happy to report that Donavan's
Retirement (from competition) Party was a huge success!
There was laughter, tears, and a lovely tribute from Mr.
Charles DeKunffy. We watched fantastic riding by JJ Tate
on Donavan and Margaret Goodell on her stallion, Drachen
Herz, a Donavan son; a free-lunging demonstration by Duesenjaeger
(Pilot), a 4-year-old gelding; frolicking about of darling
Donavan babies - Doha Day, Davy Crockett, and Déjà
vu; delicious food; and best of all many friends and fans
of Donavan's were there. A most heartfelt Thank You to
Candace Tate and the staff of the Wyngate Dressage Center
for helping us get our babies ready and keeping everything
running smoothly. Thanks to Brenda Schulte for trailering
Pilot over and bringing her yearling, DJ. As always the
Dressage Center is a lovely place to hold an event like
this and now we look forward to the next phase of Donavan's
September 15, 2003 Donavan was presented to the Rheinland
Pfalz Saar International (RPSI) for approval and licensing.
He greatly impressed the German representative, who noted
his excellent bloodlines, and was entered into the Stallion
book I, with scores of 9 on his Type (Breed and Sex Type),
Canter, Overall Impression and Development, and used his
9 from his 100-Day Test on his jumping ability. (8s on
his Trot and Conformation). His overall score was said
to be one of the highest they have awarded. Wendy and
Marty Costello very much enjoyed meeting the representatives
of the RPSI and their visit to Nancy Maloney's Crossroads
Farm in Hartford Wisconsin.
to Dee Butler of Glen Duffin Farm, Virginia! Her filly,
Fein Dancer (aka Piper), Donavan's granddaughter,
was a premium 2003 filly at her German Oldenburg Verband
inspection in North Carolina on September 13, 2003. See
a photo of her on the German Oldenburg Verband website.
Piper is by Feinbrand x Donnica by Donavan!
wonderful story came to us from Jacqueline Ege. She calls
it, "How to buy a horse when you don't have a clue!
but I prefer to call it, Where there is a will there
is a way! Click here
to read about Deja's Legacy by Donavan.
Donavan Group,LLC at Riverland Farm announces the purchase
of a beautiful young Hanoverian mare,
Berolina, from Klaus and Elke Herrmann of West
Lafayette Indiana. She is by Brentano II (Bolero/Black
Skyxx) out of Aline (Argentan/Absatz) with the Grande
and Inschalla lines close in her pedigree as well. She
is half-sister to Brentina, Silver Medalist Debbie McDonald's
World Equestrian Games mount, and Hanoverian Horse of
the Year here in 2002!
Berolina is 16 hands, a rich, dark chestnut with thin
blaze and left fore, right hind socks. She is five years
old, and is in the German Verband main mare book. She
is going very well under saddle in dressage. She is a
maiden mare, and will now be ridden and then readied for
her mare performance test for the American Hanoverian
Society inspections, and be bred to Donavan.
"We just love her sweet personality. She is beautiful,
and she is so comfortable to ride! And she will cross
well with Donavan!"
Farm's wonderful colt, who we named "Dempsey"
when he arrived on the farm at age 2 months, is now officially
registered as "Davy Crockett"!! When we sent
in the registration forms, they always ask for 3 choices.
I put Dempsey first, then instead of choosing for 2nd
choice or 3rd choice a funny spelling of Dempsey, like
Demmpsey or Dempsee, or Demppsey; I put an American Hero,
Davy Crockett! (we were all feeling very patriotic!) Well
that is his official name - I like the name Davy Crockett!
There are approved stallions named Golfball, Robinhood,
Walk On Top and Fred Astaire! So Davy Crockett it is.
We will probably keep calling him Dempsey in the barn
but he will be listed as Davy Crockett on official papers
and when he becomes a star in competition! By the way,
he is getting taller and more refined-looking, is as sweet
as he can be, like Dad, Donavan!, and may have his mom's
very pretty face! We promise pictures!
Herz, the young Hanoverian stallion known as "Draco,"
by Donavan, was provisionally approved for breeding
at the ISR/Oldenburg NA Inspection,
Sunday, August 17. He will go to the 100-Day test in 2004
at Paxton Farm, to be tested for his lifetime license.
The 100 Day test here in America is administered in accordance
with the 100-Day test given to stallion prospects in Germany.
Donavan was tested in 1988 after arriving in the United
States as a young horse and, as Reserve Champion of his
test, still holds one of the highest scores in the history
of the US test.
This is very exciting news and The Donavan Group, LLC
at Riverland Farm (Marty and Wendy Costello) congratulate
Margaret Goodell of Willow Glen Farm on this fabulous
again Donavan and I have helped raise money for the Task
Force on Family Violence/Milwaukee area. While JJ Tate
is in Germany riding with Oded Shimoni, Israeli Olympian,
and watching the international competitions, Donavan and
Greta Pell, JJ's wonderful co-head trainer at Wyngate
Dressage Center, gave a lovely demonstration of a Grand
Prix Musical Freestyle. The performance was in conjunction
with a POLO Match to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Donavan was a hit again displaying his wonderful temperament
and rideability (Greta had only been riding him for three
weeks or so while JJ was away). Donavan also loved meeting
the kids and adults who gathered around to pet him.
July 22nd, 2003 Riverland Farm's Doha
Day (Dodie), by Donavan out of Ona Rainy Day,
Top Filly out of nine lovely fillies at the American
Hanoverian Society inspections at Oldenburg Farm,
Mequon Wisconsin! She also won the first annual Midwest
Breeder's Group Award for Inspection Site Champions.
We are so excited! All along she has been something special
to us. She is out of our lovely Remy (Ona Rainy Day),
Thoroughbred, approved AHS, who has given us our 4-year-old
Duesenjeager (Pilot), now so handsome and going well under
Dodie's half brother Dempsey
was also complimented by the German judge even though
not the top colt that day, a very fine colt to watch as
he grows up!
We cannot thank enough Margaret Goodell of Willow Glen
Farm, owner of Drachen Herz by Donavan, for all of her
help in getting these two mares and foals ready and to
the inspection site, and shown in hand in a very professional
manner. Even though she has been busy showing her stallion
and training others she found time to give us her much
and David Lowrey, of Highland Farms in Orillia, Ontario,
Canada, have called in to announce the birth of their
new colt by Donavan, born in June, who they say is "Grand!"
He is big and easy! He is bay, no white, and dam is the
lovely gray Canadian Sport Horse mare Riqueza, by Rio
Grande (Westphalen and Hanoverian lines) and out of Tessa,
CSHA, from Goldschlaeger/Gotthard Hanoverian lines. So
don't know yet if he will go gray. This colt, a half brother
of Donativo by Donavan, has been named "Barney"
by their 5-year-old son, but will have a D-name for his
registered name soon! Pictures have been promised! Be
sure to check back! Warmest congratulations to the Lowreys.
Sire Rio Grande is a very successful sport horse and sport
11, 2003, Wendy Costello, owner of Donavan, is so happy
to report that her 4-year-old gelding by Donavan, Duesenjaeger,
is home from his backing and training at Wyngate
Dressage Center, and she is up on him and riding.
"I have waited four years for this and am so excited!"
"Pilot," as he is known, was bred BEFORE the
Costellos bought Donavan and is out of their beloved,
AHS-approved Thoroughbred mare Ona Rainy Day, "Remy".
He is now a 16.3 hand handsome boy, with a very charming
demeanor and easy to work with, even for this amateur!
Remy is now 21 years old and just presented the Costellos
with a full sister to Pilot, Doha
Day! She is looker!!
to Anna Schueler from Minnesota on her purchase of Oldenburg
gelding Donnerschlag by ES Donavan out of Winterset. Anna
is excited to take this youngster home and start him on
his dressage career! Donner went under saddle simply and
easily after two weeks of ground work and then trainer
Margaret Goodell, of Willow Glen Farm, got on him and
that was that! The next day he trotted and the next day
new owner Anna was on his back too! That Donavan temperament
and trainability demonstrated once again! We are so please
for them both! It will fun to watch this partnership develop!
to Valerie Ahl upon the purchase of two wonderful girls
from Riverland Farm, Winteroza, 2-year-old by Winterprinz,
and Winpenny, dam of our Dempsey, '03 colt, who will become
a part of a new warmblood breeding program for Valerie.
We look forward to many Donavan foals, dressage and jumping
stars of the future! We are thrilled.
Farm is pleased to let you know that our mare, Atlanta,
aka "Pepper," is now pregnant by Donavan with
frozen semen! We could not be more excited! First try,
maiden mare! Atlanta is by Aktion, Dutch Warmblood from
Hungary, recently listed in the German Hanoverian Verband
Newsletter to the US as one of the top ten dressage sires
ever. He competed with his owner/trainer, Gyula Dallos,
in the Olympics, the World Cup, and for over ten years
at Grand Prix! He and Gyula gave performances with many
of the notable riders in Europe. This will be a wonderful
we just had word that Aktion just passed away at the age
of 22, so our "Pepper" is even more special.
She is approved for breeding by the ISR/Oldenburg NA and
the Rhineland Pfalz-Saar International.
will be taking a break from competition, and we are proud
of his Farewell (from competition) Tour scores! At Sorensen
Park on May 23-24, Donavan scored 66% at Grand Prix and
64% at Intermediate II under judge Tom Poulin - not bad
for the 18-years-young guy!
at his old "stomping grounds," Tempel Farms
in Wadsworth, llinois, where he started his great career
with George Williams aboard, Donavan took a second place
in the FEI Test of Choice with his Intermediate II score
of 61.6% with distinguished judges Janet Brown and Axel
Steiner. He received an 8 on his one-tempis (flying changes
every stride)! The weekend ended on a nice note when the
announcement was made about Donavan's semi-retirement
and his career highlights were read.
is an excerpt from the wonderful article, found on Dressage
Daily website, about George Williams, international dressage
competitor, who rode and trained Donavan while he was
at Tempel Farms as the head trainer there:
a competitor, George's highlights during his Tempel years
include winning several Regional and National Championships
with USA Equestrian and USDF. He was the USA Equestrian
Central States Intermediaire I Champion on Conversano
II Belvedera, a Lipizzan; USDF Region 2 Prix St. Georges
Champion and Intermediaire I Freestyle Champion in 1989
aboard Donavan, a Hanoverian; and Fourth Level
Region 2 Champion on Zoice, an Oldenburg. George earned
his Bronze, Silver, and Gold USDF medals during this period."
to Julie Aper on the birth of her "very tall"
filly by Donavan out of her mare, Chase the Music.
to Jackie Ege and family in Florida upon the birth
of their darling filly, Deja's Legacy, by Donavan
out of Sweet Princess.
Farms' two new foals are making names for themselves!
Winpenny's '03 colt by Donavan is now called Dempsey!
Is anyone old enough to remember Jack Dempsey, the boxer?
Well, my Dad talked about him! :-) It is also an Irish/Gaelic
name meaning, Proud!
'03 filly by Donavan is now named Doha Day and Dodie is
her barn name, that means beloved.
either one is called Dodo!
Farm announces the purchase of Hanoverian mare Winpenny
and her 2003 Donavan colt,
so far unnamed, from Nancy Bowlus of Frederick, Maryland.
Nancy and her husband have decided to sell their Blumont
Farm and their horses. We are all pleased that Winpenny
and her colt will be coming to Wisconsin. We will let
you know more about their futures when they are settled
at Riverland. First the colt will get a name, and then
will be registered and branded at the AHS inspection in
July. Then we will know more about what is in store for
him! Nancy does report he is very sweet, very big, has
great conformation, and floats! - just like his dad!
is a lovely, tall mare showing great potential under saddle,
so if someone is interested in owning a wonderful mare
for show and later on breeding, please call. I will consider
only the best home and plans. Her bloodlines are wonderful:
Weltbekannt (Weltmeyer/World Cup I) and also Werther,
and a Thoroughbred line, Jet Set by Jet Stream. There
are several States Premium mares include in her pedigree!
filly finally arrived! Due March 29th, just arrived
April 16 - at 1:30 AM. I just spent the night at the Wisconsin
Equine Clinic where Remy (On a Rainy Day) has been for
four weeks waiting for the foal. Though Remy is 21 years
old, she had this foal exactly as nature intended.
filly is still not named, although "Delayed Delight"
was first thought about right. We tentatively plan to
call her Doha Day. Doha is in honor of our daughter,
Jill, who says that they cannot wait for "Doha Day"
when she and other soldiers can go to Doha, Qtar to enjoy
more modern conveniences and buy products of comfort during
the war. Jill is stationed in Kuwait. "Day"
is in honor of the filly's mom, On a Rainy Day (Thoroughbred,
approved Hanoverian), and the "D" is of course
for Donavan. Her barn name will probably be Dia (Spanish
for "day") or Dodi ("beloved").
filly is full sibling to Duesenjaeger, "Pilot,"
our gelding now under saddle at Wyngate Dressage Center.
This filly must have been waiting for Daddy Donavan to
return from his weekend receiving standing ovations at
The Midwest Horse Fair, in Madison Wisconsin, before arriving.
Donavan was nearby when she entered the world! What fun
to run from one stall to the other and see the three all
together, Dad, mom and filly. She has Dad's and brother's
same three white socks and mom's star. She is a very pretty
little lady and very correct! We are extremely excited!
We cannot thank the doctors and staff at the Wisconsin
Equine Clinic enough for their support and expertise!
especially Dr. Kristina Johnson, who prepared to spend
the night with me there, and Dr. Andy Schmidt, who offered
to come in also if there was any problem at all!
just got word of the birth of a colt on April 8, out
of a Hanoverian mare, Winpenny, owned by Nancy Bowlus
of Frederick, Maryland. Nancy reports he is "floating
around the paddock!" So far her Donavan colt is unnamed.
first Donavan foal of 2003 was born on March 14, two
weeks early. Dartanyon is out of Bedazzle My Heart,
a lovely gray Oldenburg mare by Bordeaux* (Hanoverian)
out of an approved Thoroughbred mare. He is bay like his
dad (may turn gray?) and has Donavan's three socks too.
Owner and breeder Linda Bland is thrilled! Dartanyon is
Farm and The Donavan! Group, LLC are excited to introduce
you to Bianna, by Hanoverian Stallion ES Bordeaux and
out of Alexa, Main Mare Book Hanoverian mare. She will
be a future broodmare for Donavan, and a riding horse.
She was purchased from Dr. Doug and Shannon Langer of
Maple Run Farm, Helenville, Wisconsin.
is a beautiful and elegant, refined and athletic young
Hanoverian yearling. Coincidentally, her dam, Alexa, arrived
from Germany with Donavan! This was meant to be! We are
very pleased and look forward to offspring from this match.
Check back from time to time and watch her grow up.
from the USDF re: 2002 Awards: Donavan has earned
Second Place in the Hanoverian /All Breeds Year-End Awards
at Intermediaire-II. His average was a teriffic 61.463%.
Of course his partner was Jessica Jo Tate of Wyngate Dressage
Center, Walworth Wisconsin.
may soon be able to accomodate breeders who prefer working
with frozen semen for Donavan. In November Donavan
was tested for semen freezing, and the report is he had
"great numbers," as they say! We will be "field
testing" on one of Riverland Farm's young mares this
year, and only a few select outside mares. Please inquire
if you are interested.
News from Riverland Farm:
Congratulations to the Peterson family of Sheboygan, Wisconsin
on their purchase of Theo, a Thoroughbred gelding. Daughter
Ashley had been leasing him for Pony Club and they have
become a wonderful team. We are so pleased that Theo will
be with her for a long time!
is in Florida for the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival,
and he seems to be enjoying himself! He will return to Wisconsin
to breed at the end of March!
also to Kathy Cook on her purchase of Sammie
R., Brenda Schulte's Thoroughbred mare. The plan
is for Sammie R. (a.k.a. Justine, Oldenburg NA-approved)
to have another Donavan foal, a sibling to Deja
are thrilled that Betsy Battista has purchased Kay's
First, a Thoroughbred mare who is approved by
the AHS and Oldenburg NA. She is the dam of Drachen
Herz, a young stallion by Donavan, owned by Margaret
Goodell, of Willow Glen Farm. Betsy purchased Kay's
First with a Donavan breeding. Kay's First (Tilly)
replaces Betsy's mare who had an unfortunate accident
and was euthanized, also losing a foal by Donavan.
We all are hoping to see two new Donavan offspring
from the Battista breeding program!
Donavan son, Dooley,
owned by Carol Allgauer, was just awarded a First Place
USDF Year End Award at First Level with an average of
71.324% for 2002! Congratulations to Carol and Dooley!
We will watch for more good things in 2003.
17,18, 19 Wendy and Marty Costello went to the
American Hanoverian Society annual meeting in Baltimore
to receive Donavan's Year End Award and also to enjoy
meeting other breeders and stallion owners and to get
reacquainted with old friends. A highlight of the meeting
was Dr. Ludwig Christman of the German Hanoverian Verband's
talk on bloodlines and the influence of the Thoroughbred,
the Trakehner, and the Holsteiner on the Hanoverian bloodlines.
He also gave tips on breeding our stallions to approved
Thoroughbred mares. This delighted us as we know that
Donavan is a wonderful match for TB mares, producing offspring
of interest to eventing competitors - because of his high
jumping ability scores - as well as offspring with dressage
Anyone with a Thoroughbred mare who might like to breed
to a warmblood, and who needs information regarding that
process, just call us: Wendy Costello, 262-243-9190 or