January 22, 2008 -- Legendary eventing horse Winsome Adante, the only three-time winner of Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI****, will be honored by Rolex Kentucky organizer Equestrian Events Inc. and his fans in an official retirement ceremony at the 2008 event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on April 27.
Owned by Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, Va., 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.
"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 Olympics that summer. 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**** 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.
After an injury sustained in 2007, Plain Dealing Farm's Linda Wachtmeister, in consultation with Severson and Dan's veterinarians, decided that due to a suspensory injury in a hind leg, it was in Dan's best interest to retire him. The English Thoroughbred gelding is 15 years old and will live out his retirement in the field at Plain Dealing Farm.
The formal retirement ceremony will take place in the Sheila C. Johnson Arena just prior to the beginning of the jumping test of the 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Farnam.