Thursday, December 21, 2017

News From Kent Island Sporthorses

Kent island Sporthorses wishes all breeders, owners, riders and trainers the happiest of holidays and the most joyful, healthy New Year!

KIS News from 2017:

Elite Hanoverian stallion Donavan's 2016 daughter Daria scored all 8s at her Westfalen inspection in Oklahoma, standing her second overall. Daria was bred by Jill Costello, the daughter of KIS owners Wendy and Marty Costello, and is out of Takeachanceandcall, a lovely Thoroughbred mare. She has been sold to a rider on the east coast. A full sibling is expected in the spring of 2018: Daria's dam has been bred back to Donavan, to the delight of the Westfalen registry.

Pik Pik, by Donavan, with dam Destiny.
Photo by Alicia Frese.
We got word from Ellen Ziemer that her Donavan filly, “Pik Pik,” will be in the AHS directory in 2018. Pik Pik is out of a lovely premium Oldenburg mare, Destiny (by Don Principe out of Pikalo, a star award mare by Pikor), who was high award mare at her Hanoverian inspection in Tryon, North Carolina.

Doha Day came home in 2017! Doha Day, by Donavan, was out of Wendy's first mare, a Thoroughbred called Ona Rainy Day, and Wendy had always hoped to buy her back. She says, "Ona Rainy Day was also the dam of my very first foal, Duesenjager, aka Pilot. I had also bought Pilot back and rode him for a while," before finding him a loving home. "I wanted those bloodlines to work with one more time." Doha Day, born in 2003, will be bred to Wild Dance, standing in California with Edgar Schutte, in 2018.

Rosall, a 2003 stallion by Rosario, is a blue-ribbon-winning hunter, and sire of dressage, hunter, and eventing performance horses. In recent news: Rosalie KIS, by Rosall and out of a Brentano II mare, has won many placings in-hand and under saddle at Dressage at Devon, most recently in the 2017 Materiale class, and is now showing in Illinois. Her young sibling, Royal Roulette KIS, out of Royal Princess OBX, has just been started under saddle. Rosall stood at KIS for several years and was ridden by FEI rider JJ Tate. Frozen semen is available from KIS. Visit Rosall’s page on, with video and more offspring photos - click here. You can also contact Wendy directly from that page using the built-in email form.
Don Ferro KIS, with breeder Wendy Costello.
His dam is Damiano by Idocus. Marty Costello photo.

KIS lost their elite stallion Donavan in November of 2016, due to the infirmities of old age - he was 31 - but his influence will continue via frozen semen. His 2017 colt, Don Ferro KIS, was born in March and is out of Damiano by Idocus/Olympic Ferro. Don Ferro KIS is co-owned by FEI rider JJ Tate, who rode both parents!

If you’d like a Donavan youngster for your own, Kent Island Sporthorses offers Democracy KIS, who is showing and training well under Ben Albright Dressage.

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