“To be an equestrian, in the Classical Sense, is not to be just a rider...

...it is a position in life” — Chas De Kunffy

Achievements of the Offspring

Donavan has had a very high percentage of successful offspring for a stallion who has done all of his breeding in the US and Canada.

Damina, 1997 mare by Donavan out of approved TB mare
Received 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 first 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) three-year-old stallion son of Donavan's, was once owned together by Wendy Costello (The Donavan Group, LLC) and Candace Tate. He went easily , under saddle, doing beautifully. He is very much like his dad with a bit "extra." At one time we 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 continues to do just that. He is very much like his dad with a bit "extra."

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.

Davy was sold to Jayne Nessif of MD and remains in training with JJ Tate. Jayne will be showing him as an amateur starting in 2008. Davy will go on to Dressage at Devon in late September, and then to Florida with JJ.

Davy continued his winning ways with more high scores and placings thorughout 2008, earning him First place at Regional Finals at Training level, and 3rd place in the 4 year old Young horse classes at Devon.

more to come

(Bred by Wendy Costello) aka Pilot by Donavan out of Ona Rainy Day xx a lovely TBmare purchased by Wendy Costello as a riding/ressage horse and to be bred to Donavan. Approved easily by the AHS with high score of 9 onher walk, and 8 on her head and saddle position, she brought a great deal of  charisma and  type to her foals by Donavan.

In 2007, he started the year off  well , earning scores in the high 60 to mid 70%. He is schooling Third 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.

Duesenjaeger (Pilot), had a spectacular year at First and Second Level in 2006.
(most recent first)

July, 2006: 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 Region 1 Finals.

May 2006: 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. January 2006: 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 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's test score. With rider JJ Tate, Pilot continues to win and please the judges!

May 8, 2005: 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) , Training Level and High Score champion at Silverwood, WI; qualifying after only two shows for Region 2 Championships; went on the be seventh out of 36 at the Finals, in September, at Lamplight Farms. Illinois.


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.

June 10, 2005: Silverwood Dressage, Camp Lake, WI: Doha Day was First Place two-year-old filly! Score of over 68% with great scores on her walk and movement. It is hard at this age for many youngsters 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 amid the hoopla and tents, noise and commotion! Dodie was sold in April of 2006 and has started her Dressage training in Iowa.

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:
<Two of Donavan's sons, both two years old 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, The two boys were  #1 and #2 in the colts and geldings class, then #1 in the Get of Sire class up against 2 Contucci colts.

Drachen Herz: Won a High Point Hanoverian Award at a Breed Finals and at Devon earned a very respectable Seventh Place in a class of 28! 

August 2, 2001: 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.

Damla Benz: aka "Isis", by Donavan out of approved TB mare, top non-Hann, at her mare inspection.

<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.

"Isis" continued to excel in Eventing and Jumping and is very capable in Dressage.

Donavan's first Approved Son, Drachen Herz!
2004- 2005:
Among many other achievements, went on to qualify for the FEI Five-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 third of 19 stallions and earned very respectable scores in Dressage and Jumping!


Delta Don:

January 2006:We are so pleased to report the ongoing accomplishments of one of Donavan's very talented offspring out of the beloved Teerose, a  Hanoverian mare we lost unexpectedly after giving birth. This boy, named Delta Don, was first owned and ridden by a family in Pennsylvania, under the show name Dexter. The teens rode him with just lead ropes only, when he was only two 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 reports that her Donovan, as she calls him for shows (note spelling difference), is almost 18H, and the most wonderful horse! We think he is adorable and so...Donavan! Other full siblings by ES Donavan out of Teerose are Devotee and Drifter.
Donovan (Delta Don) continues to earn points in the Hunter shows and gives much enjoyment and pride to this owners.

An email:

Hello Wendy! 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 just wanted to update you. — Sarah Scheiring