January 24, 2008

Winsome Adante and Kim Severson win The Fork Horse Trials in North Carolina, a World Cup qualifying event last April.

US eventing horse Winsome Adante, the only three-time winner of the four-star Kentucky Three-Day Event, will grace the arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington one last time in an official retirement ceremony at the 2008 event on Sunday, April 27.

He will be honoured by the United States Equestrian Federation, Rolex Kentucky organizer Equestrian Events Inc. and his fans, in a formal retirement ceremony before the start of the showjumping at the 2008 event.

Owned by Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, Virginia, and ridden by Kim Severson, Winsome Adante is the only horse to win the nation's only CCI**** more than once, and he is undefeated at the competition. Officially retiring him at Rolex Kentucky was the obvious choice.

"Dan," as he is widely known, won the competition in 2002 and then went on to be an integral part of the Gold Medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain later that year. He battled a bout of colic in 2003, sitting out most of the competition season, but returned with a vengeance in 2004 and won the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event again, making him a medal favorite for the looming Olympics. He delivered on the expectation, winning Individual Silver and Team Bronze Medals in Athens, Greece.

April of 2005 brought him back to Lexington where he won the CCI**** again as the overwhelming favorite, decimating the rest of the field and winning by an incredible 17 points. He led from the start and was the only horse to finish on his dressage score. He went on to represent his country again at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and was third in his first attempt at the Badminton CCI**** in England in the spring of 2007.

It was after an injury sustained in 2007 that Plain Dealing Farm's Linda Wachtmeister, in consultation with Severson and his veterinarians, decided that due to a suspensory injury in a hind leg, it was in Dan's best interest to retire him.

Winsome Adante was bred by Chris and Janet Gooch in the UK. He is by the thoroughbred stallion Saunter out of the crossbred mare Juswith Genoa (by Bohemond [TB]), and is 84.5% thoroughbred, 9.5% arabian, and 6% Irish in lineage. Winsome Adante was ranked Number 1 in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (Eventing) in 2002, 2002 and 2004 by points won. The 15-year-old gelding is living out his retirement in a field at Plain Dealing Farm.