We carefully select our mares for their temperament, and natural athletic talent.

Blessed are our broodmares.


We at KIS carefully select our mares for their temperament and natural athletic talent; correctness of conformation, bloodlines and suitability to cross well with Donavan and Rosall, to offer a variety of talented foals for the US market. Each mare has been under saddle (or will be) showing the mind and discipline to be a partner for a rider. We consider very carefully before purchasing or selling one of these ladies.

above: Caviar with Don Noir (top foal) Atlanta, EM Bevolina(Berolina) and filly De Bonne Grace.















Ona Rainy Day-The beginning ; now deceased; 1982-2011.
1982; a.k.a. Remember Romance, a.k.a Remy. TB mare, by Vitrolic (Bold Ruler), out of Jennifer M. (Saidam). 15.2h Black Bay; Star and two white hinds with black ermine spots. Professionally trained dressage Second Level. Dam of Duesenjaeger (Pilot), '99 and an '03 filly, Doha Day both by ES Donavan. Approved AHS and ISR/Oldenburg N.A., Main Mare Book. Remy earned a 9/ walk and 8/ head and 7/ gaits from the American Hanoverian Inspection team!

Her first Donavan foal, Duesenjaeger "Pilot" has been in the ribbons at breed shows, siince age two, Get of Sire Class Blue Ribbon paired with his half brother Drachen Herz and a second place in the colts and geldings class. In 2006 and 2007, he continued with top scores in the mid- 70 percentiles at both First and Second Level. Remy and Donavan each threw their best to Pilot, who was highly thought of at his inspection, and called "one of the best we've seen", especially with a TB dam.

2004 Region 2 Championships saw many scores in the 70%-iles at Training level and then won 7th in the Region . 2005, Pilot continued his winning ways by qualifying for Regionals at Both First Level and Training level, with many scores above 69% averaging close to 70%. WDCTA and IDCTA Year End awards, including Champion Maiden at First leve.l

. Duesenjaeger:  

2006: Pilot had an almost undefeated season at both First and Second Level, including a Born in the USA  Award , High Point of Show, scores staying 69 - 77% range! Qualified for Region 1 Championships and took 3rd, with 67.2% closely behind a first place horse at 69%., and second at 67.6%.

Pilot went on to make us very proud in his work at First and Second levels , always with the wonderful JJ Tate. Then he was reluctantly sold to an Adult Amateur rider who is thrilled to have him. In 2010, Pilot was beginnig PSG  with Jane Hannigan , trainer.

Doha Day

In April of 2003, at the age of 21 years, Remy presented Riverland Farm( the Costellos) with a beautiful filly by Donavan, Doha Day (Dodie) named in honor of our daughter serving in Iraq and Kuwait (Doha, Qtar) at the time. She went on to be named Top Filly at her Hanoverian


In 2005 Dodie went with her brothers Davy Crockett and D'Aktion to the Silverwood show and took second place in her 2 year old fillies class!  Dodie was sold to her current owner and has taken her first blue ribbons!

Remy, now retired from Breeding will be with us always.









and Essex

Caviar (Cor Noir/Cor de la Bryere) 17.hh, black. Deceased

October 27, 2009 Caviar was sold to Bhritta O'Neill in Montana to  enhance her Warmblood breeding program!! Congrats to Bhritta,we hope to see some Caviar and Donavan foals, and perhaps some Caviar and Rosall foals! IN 2013 Caviar  passed away after having a beautiful filly by Donavan, named Dessah by Bhritta. Dessah is now owned by  Terry Blair in GA, who owns her full brother Don Noir.   So sad to lose this lovely girl.













 1999- "Little Black" now known as Beauty, at KIS. Came to us January 2010. She is a gorgeous  very dark bay TB mare,was in foal to Bugatti Hilltop for a March foal.

She is hand picked for Donavan , of course!  After that , we will see if Rosal might be a good match too! She has been approved for breeding in 3 registeries,  Old. NA, RPSI, and AHS/VhW.. and with star awards and premium status; also in the Hanoverian jumper Breeding program! see News Jan. 18, 2010. I am indebted to our  veterinarian, and top breeder Elisabeth, "Didi" Callahan for  making Beauty available to me, and for her help.

Right , Bugatti Hilltop , sire of filly, Alenciaga KIS born March of  2010, and sold to  Deb Delseg, in Canada.

Read more about Bugatti Hilltop on our Reference sires page, coming soon.

Bugatti, below with Chris HIckey , up.

photo by Susan Stickle.


IN 2010 Beauty had a gorgeous foal by Donavan, and he is named Democracy KIS. Wonderful , handsome long legged and tall colt , owned by KIS and English Sporthorses in partnership. IN 2014 , Dempsey is training with JJ Tate and her team.



Aktion-sire of Atlanta ( Pepper)






Atlanta, 1997 mare






Paprika KIS 2008






Atlanta;  aka Pepper, 16.1hh, gray, (Aktion/Pion)  SOLD *
Lovely gray Atlanta is by Aktion; Dutch WB Grand Prix dressage stallion owned and ridden by Gyula Dallos of Hungary in World Cup and Olympic Competition.

Read more about Aktion; see Sales page

1996 mare, approved AHS, and ISR/Oldenburg, RPSI Main Mare Books .She was Imported by JJ Tate, from Hungary and then KIS purchased her in summer '02 . Aktion is listed in the top ten most successful dressage sires of Europe ever." Pepper" is nicely started under saddle by JJ Tate. ...Bred to ES Donavan in '03. Atlanta is the first mare to receive frozen semen from Donavan and was successfully impregnated in one try. D'Aktion (Dax) was born April 16, 2004 , and was awarded Premium status at his Oldenburg inspection at Meadowbrook Farm in Illinois. 

Dax, Qualified in 2005 for the Year End championships, Breeders Series, by earning scores to top the yearling and 2 year old colts and geldings, and then to be Reserve Ch. of all colts and geldings at Silverwood, Camp Lake WI. June 2005. He then went on to 7th place in the Championships at Lamplight out of 19. Started at 3  and has become a high level  lesson horse for the Camp Minikani  Equestrian program in WI.

Pepper was Bred to Donavan in 2005. Pepper then passed her AHS mare performance test for entry into the Main Mare Book. The new '06 filly, a Hanoverian was named Dakairi, and is lovely, and fabulous mover. She is very feminine and she is athletic, ready for riding.. . She is gray like her Dam and Damsire.  Dakairi was sold in 2009 to Beth Jennings, and has won  her first blue ribbon at an FEH show.. (eventing) . She has also passed her MPT and is in main mare book AHS.

IN 2014, Dakairi and Beth are working on thier partnership in Dressage and will be  in the show ring.

2008: Pepper had a sweetheart of a Mother's Day present May 11; by Pablo. She is a chestnut filly, very feminine, very correct. 3 socks, strip and pizzazz. Read about Paprika KIS on the Sales and Reference Sires offspring pages. . She pinned at Devon in the  large All AHS Fillies 2 years and Under class! She was a top filly at her AHS inspection.." Lovely to look at, picture perfect, and when she moves, it only gets better!" AHS judges. Keeping her to breed to our boys..only share her with someone in special situation!

2010 Pepper  had a wonderful bay colt  by Rosall! His name, Richenbacker, after a WWI Pilot , Eddie Richenbacker, who also  became a Medal of Honor recipient.

This  fellow shows great promise to folow in his Sire's footsteps as a top performance horse!

*Atlanta is now  SOLD to  Erin Gillespie-Granger.  She will leave for Louisiana after the colt is weaned.







by Sinatra Song





Rosallie KIS

aka" Rosebud"

EM Bevolina ( Berolina) by Brentano II (Bolero/Black Skyxx)  SOLD TO DEE BUTLER HERMAN in SC.. a loyal breeder .. Congrats!!
By the Stallion of the Year in Germany 2003, She passed her Mare Performance Test and became an Elite Mare Candidate. She is 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 and Olympic Mount who was US Hanoverian Horse of the Year in 2002! Bevolina (aka Berolina) is 16 hands, a rich, dark chestnut with thin blaze and left fore, right hind socks. She came over from Germany, in the German Verband Main Mare Book with several 8's on her score sheet. She is going very well under saddle in dressage.

Bevolina became an Elite mare when her first foal,  the lovely cover girl, DeBonne Grace in 2005 , by Donavan, was born. Offspring page-fillies

2006: Bevolina had another filly!! 4-27-06, a surprise (thought it was a colt) a special filly again!.. Named DeBrentanya , Little Debbie grew up with the Donavan endearing personality and talent from both sides. Sold to a very happy Adult Amateur as a 2 year old. Cannot wait to see her under saddle.

2009: It is a colt! By Sinatra Song (Sandro Hit) , little Sinatra Balladeer KIS ""Song" was born, April 5,2009. What sparkle! Dark bay,  a star is born! Very huggable to boot!  The match made in heaven. SOLD

2010: a gorgeous filly by  Rosall was born in March. and sold to Deb Dalseg of Canada! She joins her pasture  pal, Balenciaga KIS .Going to Canada!

UPdate: Lovely filly,  Rosallie KIS, became a gorgeous mare, and won numerous prizes at Devon for the OHBS, and is undersaddle in 2014 for Deb.

2007: She had a fantastic colt, Don Giovanni sold in utero to the Browns of Ohio.

2008: Manhattan delivered a handsome strong bay colt, by Donavan, named Dahlgren KIS (Boomer) , what a nice tall Dressage prospect..or calm and pleasant Hunter! 

2009: Rosall foal born May 16, 2009. Premium Oldenburg ..charismatic chestnut colt! Royall KIS ( Rusty) in 2014 is owned and ridden Dressage, by  Adult amateur, Mary Beth Griswold.

The Browns also purchased both of  Precious Icon's offspring. the  Donavan son Dahlgren KIS and Rosall son Royall KIS.

Precious Icon - "Manhattan"( Rolls Royce x Rheingold/Braxton Bragg xx) Sold!
Dutch Mare by Rolls Royce (sire of Grand Prix Champion Rocher, ridden by George Williams, Top International Competitor). Lovely bay, 16h+ Main Book Oldenburg NA and GOV; lovely natural Dressage movement and under saddle..Her bloodlines also carry Damokles, Han. Sire. She is Wonderful type for Donavan, very feminine typey, great mom, he is talented too.

Manhattan left for her new "old " home  October, 2009 to become a broodmare/lesson horse for her original owner Isabelle Brown, in Ohio.








Dragee, daughter of Bianna.

under saddle and for sale.

see sales page. /News page.

Bianna -(Bordeaux/Bolero/ Leopard/Lugano I)) Res.Ch. at AHS inspection. $20,000

Bordeaux stands at Dr. Barb Schmidt's Bridlewood Farm in KY. The Donavan! Group, LLC ( Wendy Costello) purchased Bianna, (2002) by Hanoverian Stallion ES Bordeaux (Bolero) and out of Alexa (Abajo xx), Main Mare Book Hanoverian mare as a yearling , from Dr. Doug and Shannon Langer of Maple Run Farm, Helenville, Wisconsin. Bianna is a beautiful and elegant, refined and athletic young Hanoverian. Coincidentally, her dam, Alexa,(Abajo xx) arrived from Germany with Donavan!  Bianna was Reserve Ch. at her AHS foal inspection.

BIANNA was backed , taking easily to being ridden. She was approved for breeding by the AHS Summer 2005, Main Book Mare. She can certainly dance, but also showing talent in jumping.. much praised as a Hunter.


Bianna and her lovely , very correct and sweet filly, '07 Dragée are being offered for sale .see Sales Page. , Dragee is being offered at a special price, due to the Economic Crash! . Bianna is now in training as a Hunter, while continuing her Dressage essentials and doing very well!! She was with pro Terry Smith /VA. and she loved her. She has her automatic changes and is jumping grids, and going very well on the flat, plans for her first shows in place. . call Wendy 443-249-3566. She can be sold with a Donavan  or Rosall breeding..and you wouldhave a wonderful foal. see 2 You tube videos with Bianna..Dressage and Hunter.) Now home with us in MD.

Princess ridden by  Emily Covington here.



On July 11, 2010, Royal Princess earned her Elite  Mare candidate title with JJ Tate up, at the Hilltop Farm AHS Keuring ( inspection.)

Click on photo for pics of Inspection

Royal Princess- ( Royal Prince/Rohdiamant/ Rubinstein/Banter/Adroit/Akzent II)

This gorgeous filly was purchased as a yearling from Dee and Don Kapper of Outer Banks Farm while  at  Dressage at Devon in 2007. Her elegance, type, and talent wowed us, and and we are eager to see her compete, as well as produce foals by either of our stallions. Her sire Royal Prince below distinguished himself by placing 4th in Germany at the World Young Horse Championships with Susanne Hassler up. This is the highest ranking so far for an American Horse with American rider at the Young Horse Championships at Verden.

Backed Spring 2009! Now training with Team Tate Dressage at Riveredge  in Chesapeake City, home of Hassler Dressage as well. Winter in Florida! Click on photo for more


<Royal Prince--sire of Royal Princess above

Royal Prince was approved in the fall of 2001 by the Hanoverian Verband and was a finalist in the 2002 Bundeschampionat. As a 4-year old, Royal Prince was the Reserve Champion of both his 30-Day and 70-Day stallion tests and again was a finalist at the Bundeschampionat. At all these events, Royal Prince consistently earned 10’s for his rideability and walk, and 9’s for his trot, canter, and willingness to work.  He went on to represent the US at the Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany, taking  4th place!! Rider, Susanne Hassler.  Royal Prince next headed to Lexington, Kentucky for the USEF/Markel National Young Horse Championships. Once again, the judges awarded Royal Prince a 10 for his walk, 9 for his trot, 8.5 for the canter, 9 on submissiveness, and a 9.2 for general impression, giving him an overall score of 9.14 and the 2004 National Championship title.

Special Mares of Kent Island

Calico Mountain Sugar and Spice (Sugar)
Sugar, a Buckskin Mustang mare, 13.3h, was adopted at age 8 from the Bureau of Land Management. She had been rounded up in Nevada at about age 5 or 6. This little mare, intended to be our pet, has the world's best nature and is calm and wise. She cares for the weanlings, teaches the other horses manners, and gave birth to Spirit, (Esprit d'Amerique du Nord), her '02 colt by Dazzler, a Cheval Canadian. In a bitter sweet decision in 2007, we sold Spirit who had been promised to Marty.  His lessons on Faith are going so well, he is ready for a horse that is farther along than Spirit, so Spirit is enjoying a new home in IL and at last report is a favorite and turning into a wonderful horse.
A wonderful riding horse for Wendy!! She is part Hanoverian, part TB and part Mustang!! and she is wonderful, Dressage trained, and gives great lessons! She is a very special horse!

Honey Bunches of Oats

Sheltand Pony ..purchased from a Rescue, just to get ready for Grandchildren..and to keep the foals company. .She is shown here with a nephew. She is very small and very sweet. In July , 200 7we were blessed with our first Grandchild, a grandson, named Corlan.  and in 2009 a second grandson Quincy. Pictures with Honey to come.