Eventing Olympic Medalist Winsome Adante Retired

Winsome Adante, winner Rolex 2004
MARC MANNING

Dan won Rolex in 2002, 2004, and 2005.

After an illustrious career that 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, and countless other victories, Winsome Adante's owner, vets, and rider have collectively made the difficult decision to retire him due to soundness issues in a hind leg.

Owned by Linda Wachtmeister of Plain Dealing Farm and ridden by Kim Severson, "Dan" has a nearly flawless record. Incredibly consistent in all three phases, Dan and Severson won the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** every time they contested it. Victories in 2002, 2004, and 2005 proved that Dan was invincible at the Lexington, Ky., event. He was also the U.S. 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 English Thoroughbred sustained an injury to a hind suspensory ligament. Severson and Wachtmeister determined that the best thing for Dan would be to let him live in the field at Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, Va.

"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."

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