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September 19, 2008

Kent Island Sporthorses to Celebrate

Donavan to turn 24, and 10 years with Costellos

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Foals expected for 2009

Rosall is expecting two foals!!

One is out of  Caviar, our gorgeous black Cor Noir mare.

One is out of Precious Icon by Rolls Royce, sire of Rocher.

EM Berolina is expecting a Sinatra Song foal!! This is the magic cross of Brentano II and Sandro Hit which produces International quality sporthorses.

All of our mares have all produced wonderful Donavan foals. see Offspring pages.  Two are for sale.

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News of 2009 Begins Here

Welcome new visitors!!

Happy New Year!!

Kent Island Sporthorses  wishes you a healthy, and peaceful New Year!

Remember my mottos:

I learn something new every day!


Dressage is a process by which some riders can eventually be taught to respect the bit.

American Hanoverian Society Annual Meeting Feb. 6-8- Reno NV.

We are going to the AHS Annual meeting this year in Reno Nevada. It should be a lot of fun as always. We also always learn something new about our stallions and mares, breeding, selling and marketing the foals. We enjoy seeing the others in the industry, and getting the latest news from Germany. We are able to celebrate the successes of our  friends and cheer them on. Of course a highlight is the Silent Auction and dinner, which raises money for the  Registry to use for programs, awards and education.

Exciting Event

Recently I was surprised by a call from an artist named Karen McClelland who  noticed the wonderful photo we have of Donavan with JJ Tate on the centerline saluting the judge, when he was competing at Grand Prix. That photo, one of several that are almost our "trademarks" of Donavan, was taken by Karen Lietz a fine photographer and friend in WI. The artist had searched for a Salute photo to use for a special painting she wanted to do.

So after everything was arranged with Karen Lietz, then Karen M. set to work and created a wonderful piece on display in a gallery right now , in Kirkland, WA.

It is 7 feet tall, and as you can see is a fabulous concept.


The painting is a series of separate canvases. Each piece is done on a canvas stretched on the frame and around the edges. Link to flyer

This artist has graciously offered to donate something to the Silent Auction at the  AHS meeting! I cannot wait to see what that might be. After the AHS meeting we are going to Seattle to visit our son Adam and Daughter- in- law Helen, and our Grandson Corlan so we are going to be able to see the painting! What fun! wwc

January 20, 2009:

Hooray a New President!  Let's get behind him and  watch our country  go forward!

Stallion Service Auctions start.

KIS has donated a breeding to Rosall, to the GOV Stallion Service auction this year. We also donated breedings to both Stallions to the ISR/Oldenburg NA auction and a breeding to Donavan to the AHS ( Han. Society) auction . Please support these organizations as they  support our  stallions and  the programs that reward the hard work of riders, breeders and trainers with awards and educational programs.

Should you bid and not win, please contact me , as I will do my best to work out a comfortable Private Treaty. ( The  registries let us know who  has bid  and who the winners are of course.)


JJ Tate has a new website!  http://www.Team-TateDressage.com

Mark this on your Bookmarks and watch her career soar!


Please Let her know you have seen it!



January 2009~

January has started off slowly. Thank goodness. All of the horses are well, and Donavan has settled into his Condo here at the Farm. What a joy having him here. Now I have learned to accept what I have known abaout the Big D. He loves to roll and that is the first thing he does when turned out each day into his private paddock and pasture!  He is in the barn with several of his kids, and our little Posh by Pablo, and he nickers at each one as they come in or go out.  He is a gentleman and so easy to work with and be around. He is  eating well, and invites us over to pet and scratch him all the time.  He keeps the barn  assistants busy keeping him groomed! 

** scroll down for pictures of Donavan at KIS..Dec. 25.

Rosall is enjoying the Florida sun with JJ Tate and her other horses, and will be  competing  in a few shows this winter season.


Additional Exciting News ~

Our much loved Trainer JJ Tate,  and Team Tate, has been invited to train and teach at Hassler Dressage , not far from us in Chesapeake City , MD at their Riveredge..the beautiful new facility that is going up.  Congrats to JJ who is very excited to be joining  in her love of  horses and Dressage with one of the most highly esteemed horsemen in our country, as well as over seas. He and his wonderful wife Suzanne, a top FEI Rider as well, are responsible for helping so many young horses and stallions reach their potential, and breeders to have successful foals of their own, and riders to hone their skills for their own success. 

We have been so fortunate to have made a friendship with Scott and Suzanne and plan to keep sending our horses to JJ for training and campaigning  under Scott's tutelege at their lovely Equestrian heaven!!

In April, when JJ and the horses , including Rosall , return from Florida they will be at Hassler's. More news will follow!


~News of 2008 ENDS Here ~

To look back in time, scroll down!

Dec. 14

Website -redesign!!

We have asked Sandy Werkheiser, the very talented web designer of the AHS website and many others to help us redesign and "modernize" our site. I know many of you have expressed how much you like our site and for that I am eternally grateful as I have reworked it , mostly on my own a couple of times.  But it is time , with the new location of our farm, and with Donavan coming home and a new year starting, to have a fresh look.

So very soon, I will give out the new address for the site, and start referring you all there. I will try to maintain this site as a link perhaps, to allow those who wish to see the journey we have taken. Please be patient with our efforts. "Good things come to Those who wait."  wwc

December 11, 2008.

Donavan is home!

We are very excited to annnounce that Donavan is here with us now at KIS!  He is in the Condo..a stall attached by a breezeway to his own small paddock with run-in shed, which is attached by gate to his  larger grassy pasture.  He is such a love.  We are enjoying seeing him daily as I knew we would.  So now , if you are shopping for one of our foals, please come by and chances are you will see both Dam and Sire !!

Photos below: Donavan after his roll in the mud..relaxing at KIS.  click on last picture for larger views


Regional Championships Huge Success! Allentown NJ

Rosall  ( aka Riley) and JJ Tate earned Region 1 Reserve Champion at Training level ! Davy Crockett and his amateur owner earned Regiona 1 Fifth place award. We are also thrilled for our friend and owner of GoodNess Ridge Farm Shari Glickman whose mare Baronessa, with JJ Tate took Champion honors at Prix St. George!

Pictures to follow.

We were also thrilled to be able  see our good friends the Marciano's  at the show. They are now in Princeton, but we first were acquainted in WI.  Anne and Andre have two adorable daughters, and a son. The girls came along and enjoyed the show.

October 9, 2008.  Off to Region 1 Championships in Allentown New Jersey. Rosall is competing and also Davy Crockett by Donavan. This time Davy will be ridden by Jayne his owner.  Just heard from the USDF that Rosall may be ranking high in the Year End standings!

October 1, 2008: Devon, PA a huge success for our first time there.

Dressage at Devon was a great success and lots of fun. Our Rosall took a second and a close 3rd in his two under saddle classes. He was such a good boy, and many took notice of this young newcomer.

Our filly Paprika KIS, caused a stir too. She was pinned 8th in her Hanoverians under 2 years old class. For many minutes she was listed in the top 6 on the running scoreboard but the huge class of 30 or so, had many fine Hanoverians and we are happy to have seen her compete so well against the 2 year olds.

We enjoyed seeing our old friends from WI-IL there, Dr. Doug and Shannon Langer, Ken Borden, Lynn and Katie Foster (14) (who competed really well, coached by JJ Tate in the Junior Young Rider classes and taking 2 blue ribbons!)

JJ Tate and I  were the happy clients of Dr. Langer's Wisc. Equine Clinic in WI, and he is a breeder too. They bred Cabana Boy who is doing so well in competition  at Hilltop Farm. Donavan's son Davy Crockett was a bit unnerved by the  rainy and windy weather  for his 5 year old class, but even still showed moments of new brilliance so everyone was very pleased with his showing.

Hoping to have some photos soon from Devon.   wwc

September 13, 2008:

Wow, another busy week or two. We just confirmed the sale of our  lovely Debrentanya to Mary Joyce Flinn from right here near Washington DC.  Debbie has been so much of a favorite  that we  thought of keeping her to breed to Rosall. We hope that Mary Joyce will discuss that with us in a year or two. Right now she is  very happy to put her into prep for backing in the Spring. She passed her vet check with flying colors, and she even allowed flexion tests and x-rays, ..for a 2 year old that was very nice!

Our Essex KIS  and my daughter's Dinah both went to Arkansas to live with new owner, Carolyn English. They traveled well, and got off the trailer and charmed everyone at the new barn.  Their futures are to be jumpers, with some  Dressage training for balance!

We now get Posh ready for Devon and the big week there. I hear from JJ Tate that Rosall is doing super in preparation and from Jayne Nessif that Donavan's son Davy Crockett is also putting his best hoof forward!  We have just finished the design of the newest ad for Donavan for the AHS stallion Book to come out for 2009. click here

Have a wonderful Fall and  hope to see you at Devon. Wwc

August 20, 2008:

Another busy week. We had the   area outside the new barn graded, so water will drain properly. That will now allow us to finish the last fencing near the barn to create the foal and mare pens,  for the newborns and their moms.  Then maybe the  fun stuff, like planting boxes and  bushes, trees, etc.. in due time. Right now we are probably going to throw dirt in the  leaking trough and plant in there! We hope to have a Open Barn party this fall..somehow squeezed between Regionals, the last inspection , and Dressage at Devon.

Which brings me to Dressage at Devon.

KIS has decided to take Atlanta and Paprika KIS , "Posh", to Devon for the foal competitions. She is so lovely, and  earned such  wonderful comments from the judges at the AHS  inspection that it is worth it to take her and have some fun. We will be with Hassler Dressage this year,  soaking up any advice  we can get, and wisdom from Suzanne and Scott and JJ Tate, who will show Rosall, and Davy Crockett ( by Donavan) too.

Also please note the new Hanoverian Society all American Young Horse Awards.. being given the first time this year at Devon. We are proud to help sponsor one of the Young Horse classes for AHS.

  Paprika KIS

Read about the special award on the AHS website http://www.hanoverian.org/

or on the MAHB website.

We hope to see you at Devon!! September 22-28; http://www.dressageatdevon.org/


August 14, 2008:


I have not mentioned our two very special horses on the farm for a  while. They are Sugar and Remy.. Sugar is a true mustang, adopted from the BLM and is only 13.3hh. She is a pet, but most of all she is the best "Nanny " for the the weanlings. She is also a great calmer for new horses or  sensitive ones. She is the one who teaches another horse to get on the trailer, and she will do anything for me. Though some would say she is not  a pretty or correct girl, as you know her  longer she somehow gets cuter and cuter!

Remy is the first mare I ever owned. She is 26 now, and has had 2 wonderful Donavan foals. She is a Jockey Club TB, a Bold Ruler Granddaughter, who was on the track , and luckily for me she flunked racing. Eventually I bought her after she had some very good Dressage training. I rode her, took lessons on her and also bred her. She  was approved by the AHS and they  loved her walk, giving her a 9. My first born Duesenjaeger (Pilot) by Donavan was everything I wished for and  he  was with me and JJ Tate until last year, age 8 when I sold him after sparkling  performance success at First and Second levels.

Remy probably could have had another foal, she had her  Donavan daughter at age 21. But I was not going to wear her out or risk having something happen to her having a foal for me. So she and Sugar are best friends and  are a joy to watch out in pasture or with the  foals.

These two are with me for the rest of their lives.

August 1, 2008

We have had a very  nerve wracking week or two.  Our wonderful mare,Caviar  had to have colic surgery at New Bolton Center in PA ..we are very pleased that she is recovering very well, and so far so good , she is still in foal to Rosall . The doctor even ventured to say it will be a filly!

We have never been through that before so it was hard to wait and see what would happen.

Then on a happier, yet bitter sweet note, we sold her handsome black colt by Escudo II , "Essex" to Carolyn English of Arkansas. Her plan is to combine some Dressage ground work with  jumping training to have a high level jumper.  Very smart.  We really will miss him. he has had to be weaned early since his mom was in surgery but he is a big strong tall boy and is doing very well!

We also sold his yearling half sister, Duchesse, last week. She is by Donavan and out of Caviar . She is now in Florida with her new owner, Donna Stevenson. Donna is also waiting to see if her mare  is in foal to Donavan as well.

Last but not least, the sweet Donavan daughter I purchased to tune up and sell, Dilly,  (Delicious Dot) just sold too. She is staying in MD and is owned by Linda Byrd, an adult amateur. We are so glad she will stay in MD where we might see her  start her show career.

July 19, 2008

Breeding , foaling and inspection season draws to an end..

: The last two weeks have been CRAZY! Dahlgren ( Boomer ) is now is now an Oldenburg withthe Oldenburg Verband after a lovely inspection at Angela Barilar's near us . Then  the next week, Pepper and her beautiful Hanoverian filly , Paprika (Posh) drew great  compliments and  comments from the judges as she tied for top filly of the inspection  with a pretty Sinatra Song filly.

Caviar and her colt Essex will be going to the  ISR/Oldenburg inspection later on this summer.

We will be weaning Dahlgren and my daughter's filly, Dinah in a day or so and then her colt Dalton, and eventually Posh and Essex. our wonderful mustang Sugar will have her job to do to keep these weanlings in line.

We visited Donavan  this weekend at Select Breeders in Colora MD.and he is great. He is trim and shiny. The last few mares that need to be  tested for pregnancy  will be finished by the end of the month and he will go back to being a gorgeous "lord of the manor."


July 16, 2008-Rosall is excitement!

Rosall  is dressed in blue ribbons!!  Rosall (Rosario x Akzent II), our 5 year old Oldenburg stallion ridden by JJ Tate has been high score of the show at several Region 1 dressage shows. He has wowed the crowds (and judges) with numerous first place finishes and scores in the high 70s. Rosall and JJ are qualified for the BLM Finals to be held this Fall in Lexington, VA as well as the GAIG Finals taking place at the New Jersey Horse Park.

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The big Show ( over 400 horses)  Lexington VA..at Training level saw him win all of the classes he entered,  and his scores ranged from 74% to 77%..earning  them high point of the show as well.
The last show   PVDA Ride For Life  show ..he had high Pt. Show, with  high score of 75.2%, Tr. Test 4
He is averaging 75% at Training level with a 79% as his personal high so far.

June 23 , 2008-Rosall's First foals expected May 2009.

Rosall will be a father! We have just confirmed that Caviar, our lovely , special mare by Cor Noir (Cor de la Bryere) is in foal to Rosall for 2009. We used his frozen semen, and with one dose on one try she is pregnant! Our  excellent veterinarian, Dr. DiDi Callahan  was very pleased with the breeding dose, and we have also inseminated our mare Precious Icon, "Manhattan" ( by Rolls Royce)  with Rosall semen and we are waiting to see if that is also a success.

July 1, 2008 UPDATE :

Manhattan is also in foal to Rosall for 2009!~  This is very exciting., She is GOV approved and  her foal by Donavan this year is very nice. We are very  pleased to be expecting 2 Rosall's. This also was a frozen semen  insemination..

Rosall is in training with JJ Tate, and recently was ridden in the clinic with Scott Hassler and Michael Klimke at Hassler Dressage.  He is so much more mature now after going to Florida with JJ , and he is  schooling some piaffe steps..he has a talent for it!!


On a personal note: we are going to visit our first grandson in Seattle WA this coming weekend. Corlan Wei Costello is almost a year old and we have only seen him in person one time, a few weeks after he was born so we are very excited! Cannot resist  sharing photos of him.



Corlan at 8 weeks, then Corlan at just about one year.. Corlan with Grandma and Grandpa.



Sharing photos!

The  Atlanta /Donavan family.  I just found some misplaced photos of our gray mare Atlanta and her two offspring by Donavan .. wonderful photos taken by husband Marty. Both of these youngsters are for sale. Dax, is now 4 and under saddle; and Dakairi is 2 and just a lovely young  filly. Click here for more

Congratulations to  Shannon Grager on her new filly, born 7:30 AM , May 19th. She looks adorable even only a few hours old.

Love this photo, taken by Shannon..







Filly born in Canada,  Diamonte

Sylvia writes: "hi Wendy did you get pictures of baby I sent,, she is lovely. beautifull
face & eyes so expressive.. thank you for all your help.. she will be
shown on the line,, Sylvia,.

Hi Wendy, probally show in aug if not the csh (Canadian Sport Horse)foal futurity in sept & the
royal winter fair in nov, she is lovely, I will send better picture when get
1, thanks sylvia."


Congratulations to Sylvia Dixon on her new filly. Born May 21st.


On May 24th, our daughter, Jill Costello Kilmartin's second new foal arrived here at Kent Island. The first foal actually born on the property! A  handsome colt  (Dalton) out of her Banter mare , Breathless.  This young Hanoverian looks very special. He is bay, 2 socks, and a lovely large star and strip, snip!  Photos to come! He joins our growing KIS herd of  5 mares with foals by their sides ! What a show each day!

We had heard , back on April 5th , from  Catherine Valentine about her new colt ,  out of her Arabian mare ,C'est La vie,  named him Domineaux.. Here is a bit from her note to me:

Just want to report a beautiful colt out of my arabian mare, C'est La Vie. He is HUGE and extremely attractive: bay with four tall socks and a big star, very uphill conformation and substantial bone for an arabian cross. I think he's 85% Donavan and 15% the mare.
I would rebreed her to Donavan to get another one like this, but my vet said absolutely not, based on the fact that we had to  help the foal be born..it all worked out fine in the end. C'est La Vie is 18 now and I'm going to call this colt her "grande finale". We've named him "Domineaux" and I'll send photos soon. Again, thank you for providing your beautiful stallion to me for breeding. I probably will keep this foal to ride myself.

All the best,
Cathy Valentine

And another letter, this one from Martha Kemmer, about her mare Blessing..and her new filly: Demeanor:  Hi Jill and Wendy, Sorry this is delayed. Blessing had a beautiful bay filly, March 29, 2008, at 1:45 am!!! I am thrilled!! Her name is Demeanor (we will call her "Dearie" in the barn. That was what my father called all of his daughters) She is perfect! Two hind socks,star and snip...I will send pictures....Tell Baley she is an auntie!! I hope she is doing alright. Please let me know her status...Donavan should be very proud!!!!! Thanks again... Martha Kemmer

Baley is a mare that Jill, our daughter has, sister to Blessing, both by Banter. She had a darling colt, named Dalton! He is a Donavan, bay, 2 socks, star, adorable personality.

May 11, 2008: Happy Mother's Day !

Our filly is finally here! Atlanta, (Pepper) gave birth to her filly by Pablo late at night, and she is a beauty! Not being used to seeing chestnut since Donavan never throws one, I was startled to walk in and see the loveliest, flashy orange baby! She has 3 white soks and a strip and a couple of freckles I think at her nose.  and a  red and white tail! She is very feminine..and correct! I do not yet know if she will turn gray like her Dam, but either way she is prize!

In honor of her Hungarian connection,
Dam was imported from Hungary by JJ Tate, ( her Damsire is Dutch stallion, Aktion who competed very successfully in the Olympics and World Cup for Gyula Dallos of Hungary)   we will name her either Paprika or Paprikash..and I am calling her Posh.  Paprika is a spice used in several Hungarian dishes..ymmm!

Coming to think of it she looks like a baby Rosall!

pictures are here!!

Posh:     <Click for larger view

So now the foals for Kent Island are all here.

Caviar bred to Escudo II, Han. jumper program; Colt born 4/24/08- Black

Atlanta (Pepper) bred to Pablo. Han. jumper program ; FILLY Born!! May 11, 2008..HappyMother's Day.

Manhattan , bred to Donavan. has had her 2008 foal, a COLT BY DONAVAN.  see News.


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May 9, 2008:

Rosall, comes out swinging!  At his first show for 2008, and only 3rd in his career, Rosall  earned 2 blue ribbons, one with a 79.2% for his  first class, Training 3/BLM at Morven Park, VA. May 3-4, and a 72 %   for his Open USDF/ GAIQ Training 4, Qualifier .

Thanks to JJ Tate for her continued  excellent work with  our young stallion.

  click here for  larger views

photos by Shari Glickman © 2008


April 24, 2008

Look what we have now!   Caviar (Cor NOir) had a gorgeous black colt by Escudo II at 5 AM. Escudo II

Our wonderful Oldenburg mare, Caviar had a lovely black colt and he is long legged, very typey, modern. He is very much like his Sire Escudo II ( Espri)  who is a top Jumper sire and also strong in Dressage.

These photos are from  his first day, and we hope to have more soon.


We are considering his registered name, and think he will be named Essex KIS. The Essex was a US Ship in World War II that Marty's uncle was on. It also refers to an eastern county in England.  His barn name might end up as Echo..he is so like both parents. or Edgar in honor of his sire's owner, Edgar Schutte, a very nice person!!

April 22, 2008

Caviar and Pepper are at the Foaling center.

Our two pregnant KIS mares, are now  both at the Foaling center to wait for their foals. We are expecting a colt for Caviar by Escudo II, and a filly for Pepper, by Pablo.  Both are due April 26. We are now painting in the new barn, and trying to get the last things done before the  maternity ward is full. Thank goodness we have great weather. 

Our daughter Jill is arriving  tonight to  start putting up fences for her move to  Kent Island!! She and Jimmy sold Riverbottom Farm and wil be moved in to a neaby rental, by May 7 or so. They will now move their horses and other critters to be closer to us. I am very excited.  She is the proud mother of Dinah , the new filly by Donavan out of her mare Dona Valiant.  See News below.



Donavan is doing well at Hilltop.

The Big guy is breeding at Hilltop Farm in Colora MD. He is happy and they really like him. I miss seeing him, but will try to get there soon. We hope to make him a suite here at KIS so he can be near us.  I am anxiously waiting for news of the other foals for this year.

Rosall is home! And so is JJ! Hooray!

Rosall has returned home with JJ from Florida along with Dax and a few others. JJ says he is  great, and  feeling very good!!  Like a 5 year old stallion will! We saw him recently and he was quietly snoozing in his stall..very laid back ...resting.  He and JJ will be riding with  Scott Hassler up at Hassler Dressage this week.

JJ is  planning to show Rosall at Morven Park the first week in May and also near the end of May.




March 23, 2008. Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

the New Barn is coming along. Click on photo to read and see more.

March 20, 2008:

We named the Colt!  Our new colt, is going to be registered as Dahlgren KIS. Admiral Dahlgren was an inventor of  large guns and cannons for the US Navy.  There is a Hall named after him at the Naval Academy in Annapolis MD.  We are calling the boy "Boomer", for his barn name, and I am going around calling him baby "Boomer" :-)

He is very cute, long legs, and now a bit darker bay than at first. He is still unfolding. He has pretty soft eyes, and he is not shy..he calls and speaks very easily.  We have had him out running with mom, and they can fly!


click on photo for more/larger pics of Boomer.



While we were having this lovely colt, 
April 18 , in Texas, our daughter Jill's mare  Dona Valient, had a gorgeous filly. 

She has 4 socks!! and the star. Jill is very happy and excited about this filly.  She reminds me a lot  of her sister Doha Day, born about 5 years ago.

 Her Dam is  a French TB, who has had an eventing career.

Jill is calling her Dinah for now.



First Foal for Kent Island Sporthorses 2008.

DOB: March15, 2008, 2:15 AM.

We just had our first foal, a colt , for 2008..and the first one at Kent Island Sporthorses. He is by Donavan out of Precious Icon (Manhattan) who is by Rolls Royce, the sire of Rocher who was a Grand Prix mount of George Williams that was so successful.

Mom and baby are fine. She kept me waiting as I thought she would be early, but no, foaled right about on her due date..one of them! ;-)

No name yet. He is a light bay at the moment. Huge joints, and bone!


For more pics click here!

More news to follow.

What a Riot!! March 13, 2007

Look at our young colt, Riot by Rapture R..out of Dominique(Donavan).

He is growing up! He is coming  yearling, and such a handsome red head! Hewas born in Texas , bred by my daughter. He will be coming to Maryland soon if he is not sold, because my daughter and her husband Jimmy are trying to move out here closer!!


To see the photos enlarged click on the right hand photo.

Go to Sales page to read more about  Riot. Rapture R., his sire was a high scoring stallion at his recent 100 Day test. He has a very impressive show record for such a young boy. This colt looks very much like him.

You can't go wrong with this boy, who Jill reports has personality plus.

Check out this photo:

  He likes to entertain himself.

A great price at $8500.00.  MOved to MD from Texas, May, 2008.




Breaking news!

Rosall and Davy Crockett (Donavan x Winpenny) were both selected with JJ Tate to participate in the Young Horse Training symposium in Wellington FL. It will be held March 18-19,  at The Main Show Grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center located at 14440 Pierson Road, Wellington, FL 33414.  Look for the Mogavero arena. Scott Hassler will be the coach, and is the USEF National Young Horse Training coach..the USEF is sponsoring this event.  JJ and Scott have been working together a great deal with Rosall  and Davy and JJ's own Donnermuth who went to Verden , Germany and competed  last year.

Needless to say, KIS is very proud of this accomplishment for the horses and JJ.

March 5, 2008:

Look, we made the cover!  We are so pleased that we made the cover of the issue, called Who's Who in Maryland, but mostly pleased that it focused on congratulating those we appreciated. And of course we  love to show Jessica Jo Tate  that we appraeciate her very much! so we , with Donavan  said Thank you to JJ Tate for all that she does for us and our horses! and Donavan's kids!!


Note: That photo was from Donavan's last Exhibition with JJ at the MIdwest Horse Fair in Madisoon WI..when JJ rode him to Country music with her cowboy hat on! What a very wonderful  moment and  suchfun..bitter sweet end of his Exhibition career. He turned 20 that month.

February 6, 2008.

We have returned from a wonderful 4 days in KY , and the AHS Annual meeting.  Everything was  perfect from the tours of the  Top TB Farms to the Bourbon factory, to the Silent Auction and of course the  meeting  and  welcoming our guests from Germany.  I encourage everyone to plan to attend next year in Reno, Nevada!

I have now listed Dax (D'Aktion) for sale, $25,000.00 on the Dressage Daily Marketplace and already have had responses! He is going  well in Florida  as JJ Tate reports.  please look him up , and if interested , we have a DVD.

Donavan is doing very well and looking good! We are going to have him at Hilltop Farm this year for collection.  Please get your deposits in and your contracts signed if you wish to breed your mare early in the season.  I anticipate Donavan going to Hilltop by the end of March for preparation . Please call if you need some forms from me. Wendy, 443-249-3566.

Note: We donated breedings to Donavan to the NEDA , Oldenburg NA and GOV, and AHS aucions this year.  Those auctions have started.

Also we have donated  a breeding to Rosall ( frozen only -2 doses) to the NEDA and GOV auctions.  For this year, since he is  competing we cannot offer shipped semen at this time. Also , I must limit the  # of mares since we only have collected a small initial supply of frozen from him. so please call me first  for approval to breed to Rosall. We have to use some first  for our mares. Thanks for your understanding.He is young and we hope will be  around for a long time. wwc



January 27, 2008

Finally photos of our darling Duchesse!! We have ben so busy that we had no time to find our photos. She is now 6 months old and these are  of Duchesse with Caviar  at the ISR/Oldenburg NA inspection last summer. She was second  with 8.4 (First  was 8.5) . Premium filly. She is now very dark like her dam, and very elegant and  so sweet.

So here is Duchesse. See her on the sales page,  though very reluctantly.


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January 23, 2008 :

New pictures of D'Aktion (Dax) by Donavan.

Thanks to Shari Glickman for these lovely photos of Dax , taken when she went to Florida  recently to visit her own Baronessa who is also with JJ Tate there .

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Go to the sale page to read more about this wonderful son of Donavan out of our lovely mare Atlanta by the famous Aktion, Dutch Olympic and World Cup stallion.
Dax is coming 4, and doing very well under saddle. We cannot wait to go to Florida and see him and Rosall.

Happy New Year to everyone. We are  enjoying a super beginning to the new year with wonderful weather , after coming from WI, and a new barn over half way built. 

We also had a bit of sadness , right before the new year . Our elite mare Bevolina slipped her Sinatra Song Colt and it was a very  upsetting evening., to say the least. It turned out to be an infection in the colt, and no real way to know how he got it.  My husband Marty actually was the  hero, as he delivered the foal, and also gave the oytocin shots the next day.  This colt was already spoken for so we are joined by others who are sad over this loss. Bevolina is in fine shape, and good spirits. She will be bred back. She has had two wonderful fillies before so this was a shock. But it happens to us all eventually.  Read my  link To all Perspective Breeders ..This is the flip side of the joy of breeding.

Now on to happier news.

Rosall and Dax are in Florida with JJ Tate. She reports that both are training well. Dax is maturing, has shoes on both fronts and hinds.  We hope to get down to see her and the boys this Winter.

We are really in need of thinning our herd, so please go to the sale page to read about some reduced prices on our  horses for sale.  The yearlings are adorable and the sweetest 2 fillies ever. I have Dakairi listed but did not list Debrentanya..Debbie. I have always thought to keep her to breed to Rosall. She will be perfect . However if you wish to buy her (by Donavan out of our Bevolina by Brentano II)  I would sell her  but reserve a breeding to her by Rosall.



We welcome Royal Princess..by Royal Prince (Rohdiamant / Prince Thatch / LdB Wenzel I) and out of Brimming (Banter / PB Adroit / Akzent I). She will be wonderful bred to Donavan and Rosall eventually. She looks a great deal like her sire.


Rosall breeding:

Many of you have been asking about our plans for breeding Rosall. We had a chance to meet with JJ Tate recently and discuss this young fellow's future. We all agree he should be competed and try to qualify for some prestigious awards. ( this helps the value of his foals too.) We also did not have great deal of time to accomplish his first round of freezing so we are left with limited supply. So the decision for this year is to offer frozen semen only to Premium and SPS mares..and others on a case by case basis if it is available.. after I breed a couple of my mares..We have donated 2  doses of frozen to two auctions, the GOV and NEDA..also for premium mares.

It is my hope to be able to offer him to a wider variety of mares as I have always done with Donavan. It makes me very proud if my stallions can make  mare owners happy , with a fine  mount, even if their mares are not recorded as Premium, but for now I have to get some nice foals on the ground so I may see what Rosall produces. Please  be patient with us.

Donavan 2008 foal watchers:

Hi all, plese let me know when your foals are born. Our first is due in March, out of Precious Icon (Manhattan) and I am hoping for a colt. She had  a super colt last year that was sold, and is darling so I want one!wwc


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9/17/07: Rosall ( at his unofficial debut)

earned his first blue ribbon  at his first show..a 73+% at Training level, test 4!!


JJ and Rosall, Kentucky Horse Park..

We are all very pleased with how he behaved, taking most everything at this busy Kentucky Horse Park , in stride.  He was such a  quiet guy, even his stable mates, mares and geldings were  more  attention seeking than he was!  We received many compliments and  looks of appreciation as he walked the grounds and schooled in the  warm up rings. We thank again, JJ Tate for her  excellent riding  of this  fabulously talented young stallion.

The weekend before , he was seen by the German Oldenburg Verband Representative here in the US and she thinks he is one of the best  stallions in the US.


New advertisement to come out in the July/August Hunter and Sport Horse Magazine:

If you go to our Sales page you will see the  second ad  with special sale prices  on some of Donavan's offspring, and one mare.


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