Kovington ^Ps*, probably one of the last approved sons sired by Enrico Caruso, descends from Count Dohna's famous K-family from East Prussia.
Recent members of this family include Neumuenster approval champions King Arthur and Kennedy and the family constantly produces correct and durable horses with laid-back temperament and powerful movement.
Dam Karline was bred by the Ellermann family from Steinhagen and came to us as a 5 year old mare. After she had two outstanding fillies by Kostolany, Kontrapunkt and Koeur d'Alene, we moved to the USA in 1995 and took all three horses with us.
Since Karline seemed to cross so well with the Enrico Caruso sire line, we bred her to this stallion himself twice and were rewarded with two outstanding colts, Klassik Rock and Kovington. Both big movers, both highly intelligent and very people oriented, both with all the athletic abilities one could wish for, combined with the temperament and willingness to live up to the highest expectations.
So it was crucial for us to place Kovington into the right hands, where his potential would be recognized and utilized.
How fortunate we were to find just the right person in Kumi Smedley from Austin, TX. Not only did she recognize Kovington's potential, she also was able and willing to give him all the time he needed to mature and develop into the reliable performer he has become today.
Started under saddle and taken to his first breeding shows by Russell Oden, TX, Kovington finished 8th on the USDF Breeding Horse of the Year List for 3 year old colts and geldings in 2001.
Under the masterful eye of Bob Orton from Buck Branch Farm in Gladys,VA Kovington continued his education in 2002.He won every single class entered at the region 1 finals at Raleigh, NC, finishing as the Grand Champion, then placed 2nd at prestigious Dressage at Devon in the class for 4 year old and older stallions under saddle, 3rd in the stallion championship and 3rd in the general championship. Ridden by Bob's student Sherra Kosch, Kovington also took to the dressage arena from the start, winning ribbons first at Training Level, then at First Level, and showing potential for much, much more.
Kovington ended the year 2002 with his approval as a breeding stallion by the American Trakehner Association during the ATA's annual meeting in Florida.
He started the year 2003 with a bang, winning all of his First Level classes, being awarded high point first level horse and collecting his first points towards the FEI Young Horse Championship at his first show. In April, he was part of the USDF Symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington,KY with clinician Kyra Kyrklund, representing First Level.
In 2003, Kovington was approved as a breeding stallion by another Warmblood stud book, ISR/Oldenburg, while receiving some of the highest scores of the approval for his conformation and movement.
Kovington and his rider Sherra Kosch spent the winter of 2003/2004 in Florida, training with Sue Blinks. Both were selected again to take part in the USDF Symposium, this time with Klaus Balkenhol.
In the fall of 2004, Kovington competed at 4th level for the first time, and he won both classes entered.
Only a few weeks later he went to Dressage at Devon, where he competed against the best young horses in the country. In the FEI Young Horse Test for 6 Year Olds he finished 3rd in very tough company. The class was won by Danish Olympian Lars Pedersen and his recently imported new superstar Darco.
In the fall of 2006, Kovington went to his first show after a busy breeding season, competing in four classes at 4th level and winning them all.
In 2007, Kovington competed at the PSG level, scoring above 60% every time and earning the title Kovington *Ps* as the youngest stallion within the ATA. In 2008, placings at the Intermediaire level followed and Kovington's first foals are going under saddle now, displaying their sires willingness to work with the rider as well as his athletic ability.
We are pleased to offer breedings to this proven stallion.
For more information feel free to contact us, Kumi.
Marble Hill Stables, 11912 Marble Road, Yakima, WA 98908
(509) 965 7529 phone, (509) 965 0155 fax