November 15, 2007

Top US event horse Winsome Adante has been retired because of soundness problems in a hind leg.

His illustrious career included three victories at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, a Team gold medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, Team bronze and Individual silver medals at the 2004 Olympics, a third place finish at the Badminton CCI**** in 2007, wins at the 2000 Radnor CCI** and the 2001 Blenheim CCI*** and countless horse trials victories.

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.

Owned by Linda Wachtmeister of Plain Dealing Farm and ridden by Kim Severson, "Dan" as he is known to his friends, has a nearly flawless record. Incredibly consistent in all three phases Dan and Severson won the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** every time they contested it, both in the traditional format (with roads and tracks and steeplechase) and the new short format. Victories in 2002, 2004 and 2005 proved that Dan was invincible at the Lexington, Kentucky event and he was also the US Eventing Association's Horse of the Year following each of these victories.

"It was a hard decision but it was also an easy decision," said Wachtmeister.

"He had been in a stall for a long time because of a previous injury and he wouldn't have been ready for the Olympics. He needed to go out in the field and live the rest of his life. We had always hoped he would go to the Olympics again but I'm so proud of what he has accomplished. I never dreamed that my family would get to go to the Olympics because of him."

The 14-year-old sustained an injury to a hind suspensory ligament and Severson and Wachtmeister determined that after all he has given them the best thing for Dan would be to let him live in the field at Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, Virgina.

"He's been so sound and done so much for us," said Severson. "It was a difficult decision but we don't want to hurt him and he's happy now living out in the field."