Messages, updates and success stories from a small selection of previous buyers.

Several other past clients are also happy to be contacted by potential new clients.

Hey Petr,

Thanks again for finding Merlin for me. Before this year I had never shown over 1.20m and in 5 months since Tashi was imported, I competed successfully at the 1.50m level at the North American Young Riders Championships. We jumped the team rounds with 8 faults in the first and were clear in the second. Tashi was absolutely amazing, and better than we ever hoped for!"

If you go to the website and search my name there are pictures there. There is also my profile pictures right now. Feel free to post one. And thank you again. I had such a great time. I don't think I would have gone that far that quickly if we didn't find Merlin.

Samara H. Canada

Kumano competed 1.45m at HITS February 2011 (in video) and also his first 1.50m.

Huge congratulations to Eric and Danae Martin!!!

News from 2010:

Martin and Harris Best of the West in Young Horse Series

Calgary, Alberta –The first western event of the 2010 Jump Canada Young Horse Series took place during the Bow Valley Classic II held May 19-23 at Anderson Ranch in Calgary, AB.

The top-placed combination in the Six-Year-Old Division was E. Martin of Oakbank, MB, on Kumano. Owner Jan Ash-Gross imported the dark brown Oldenburg stallion by Kannan out of a Landjunge dam to Canada in January of 2009. Just seven months after arriving in Canada, Kumano competed in the 1.15m division at the Spruce Meadows summer tournaments, earning top three ribbons. Now competing at the 1.30m level, Kumano is proving his potential.

“Eric was thrilled with Kumano’s performance,” said Ash-Gross. “He is responding so well to the Young Horse program. He is really on target for where we want him to be, even a bit ahead of schedule! We are hopeful that he is at least a 1.50m horse.”

In addition to performing in the show jumping ring, Kumano is also a breeding stallion.

“He has the talent and the temperament; unless you knew him, you would never know that he is a stallion,” said Ash-Gross of Kumano's laid-back attitude. “He is just a real pet. There aren't many Kannan babies in North America, they aren't easy to find. Plus, he loves showing, he puts on weight at the shows. You can just see that he loves to jump.


Family from NY purchased 'Cooler Than Me', Holsteiner Stallion born 2008, winner of 2010 Czech/Slovakian Grading as an investment. They keep him stabled for stud and continued training here in the Czech Republic with myself over seeing the horse's best interests.

Also purchased 'Dagles'

"This summer, my 13 year old decided she wanted to do jumpers. My daughters found a very cute looking horse on line....turned out the horse was in the Czech Republic. I said, no way, that I wouldn't consider a horse so far away that we couldn't try, and the fact that we didn't know anyone there made it an impossibility. However, one of my daughters had already written an e mail to Petr asking for more information. He was so prompt in his response, and courteous and gave good information, that I decided to explore a bit further, but without expectations. Apparently the horse was not only good looking, but had a great attitude and was perfect for teens. I spoke to Petr on the phone, had our trainer speak to him, spoke and e mailed a few people who had all had great experiences with him, and I decided to trust him. The whole process was so easy...he answered all our questions and concerns...Petr and Laura took extra videos and photos for us and were very supportive.

Our horse arrived about 10 days ago and we couldn't be happier. He is everything that Petr told us he would be...adorable, willing, forgiving and talented. Everyone at the barn keeps saying how lucky I am. I feel lucky too...

Thank you Petr and Laura for making our horse buying exprience such a great one!"

M. Clark, Sagaponack, NY

Carado GHP (IMP)(Carado)

4 year old

Grey Warmblood colt (IMP Czech Republic)

Sire: Caretino Dam: Only You V

Carado was purchased from the Czech Republic through Equine Agents, Petr Hovorka. Carado is by the world famous Caretino who not only sired Gold Medal European showjumping champions but also top dressage horses such as well known Carpaccio. Carado is out of Only You who carries Corrado I, Cassini I and double cross of Capitol I bloodlines. He also has a double cross of Cordelabryere. Carado showed amazing free jumping ability and has just commenced his jumping under saddle, and is showing the same freakish ability. Carado has the most wonderful temperament and is a lovely mover, he is a pleasure to have around and is very trainable. We look forward to seeing his progeny in the future. Everyone at Glen Haven is excited to have this amazing horse in our stable and we believe he has a big career ahead of him. Standing at stud next season.

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