Thursday, April 12, 2018

News from Kent Island Sporthorses

Kent Island Sporthorses reports:

Elite stallion Donavan
Donavan, (Hanoverian Grand Prix stallion) 1985- 2016, is still siring lovely new foals via frozen semen. In 2017, a  lovely bay filly, Daria, earned all 8s at her Westfalen inspection, putting her into reserve position. Daria is out of an approved Thoroughbred, Takeachanceandcall, and was bred by Jill Costello in OKlahoma. She is bred back to Donavan for 2018 foal. A Donavan daughter, Dinah (Donavan x TB mare), just had a handsome buckskin colt, also bred by Jill Costello. He is by Cremello Thoroughbred stallion Goldmaker. Donavan's longtime owner, Wendy Costello, was thrilled to  meet a gorgeous filly by Donavan at her Hanoverian inspection in Tryon, North Carolina, in 2017, bred by Ellen Ziemer. Donavan's 2017 son Don Ferro KIS, out of Damiana (Idocus),  is being reserved for training by Top Grand Prix competitor JJ Tate. He was bred by Wendy Costello at her own Kent Island Sporthorses, in Maryland.  

KIS also now owns a home-bred Donavan daughter, Doha Day, out of the lovely approved Ona Rainy Day xx. Dodie is a lower level dressage mare who is being bred to Wild Dance very soon. The news of other successful Donavans continues to warm our hearts. Linda Byrd's Danika is competing now at Prix St. Georges. Duesenjaeger, '99, aka Pilot, a successful 3rd level dressage horse, and KIS's first-born, is now pursuing a second career as a favorite riding horse for Elizabeth Bronstein, who also lets him dabble in some jumping. Many Donavan horses have proven themselves to be competent jumpers: D'Aktion, Divine, Digby, Davy Crockett, Drachen Herz (approved stallion son) to name a few. We enjoy so much hearing from owners of Donavan foals that have had their horses since they were foals, having either bred them themselves, or purchased them right after weaning: DJ, (Brenda Schulte), Don Noir (Terry Blair), Donnache (Dee Hermann).

Happily KIS also has good news regarding our Oldenburg  Rosall '03 (Rosario/Rubinstein ), who also changed careers and has become a very successful Hunter for Katie Parnell Robinson. Like Donavan, he continues to sire  striking, modern, successful dressage and jumping foals via frozen semen. Rosalie KIS, out of a Brentano II mare, is winning in dressage's lower levels right now after winning/placing in hand at Devon for several years. Royall KIS, out of a Rolls Royce mare, is an eventer. Raven is also doing well in eventing. 

It is especially rewarding when we hear of Rosall offspring out of Donavan mares, like Dee Wylie Hermann's lovely young mare, Raigan, out of Donavan mare Faith. We look forward to the success of the Rosall foal out of Dakairi, by Donavan x Atlanta (Aktion), bred by Beth Jennings Connecticut and expected in 2019. 

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