The legendary Winsome Adante (Saunter x Juswith Genoa) has passed away at the age of 26. “Dan” was owned by Linda Wachtmeister, ridden by Kim Severson, and bred in England by Janet and Chris Gooch. In 2015 Dan was inducted into the USEA’s Eventing Hall of Fame, was USEA Horse of the Year three times, and for over a decade was on the top of the USEA’s Historic All Time High Point Horse Leaderboard.
From 2000 to 2007 Dan competed in 47 competitions placing in the top three in 39 of them. He started his winning ways by placing first in the 2000 Radnor CCI2* (now CCI3*-L) and the next year traveled back to his birthplace to win the Blenheim Three-day Event in England. In 2002 he laid claim to his first win in the Kentucky CCI4* (now CCI5*) when it was still in the traditional long format. In 2004, he won the Chatsworth, Georgia CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) just two weeks before winning the second of his three Rolex Kentucky Three-Day events. In August that same year, he and Severson won the individual silver medal at the Athens Olympic Games. He followed this up with his second Kentucky win in 2005 and in 2006 was on the gold medal team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. His last competition was at the Badminton Horse Trials in 2007, and he did it in usual Dan style by completing his career by placing third in one of the world’s preeminent events.
“So many of my firsts in the world of eventing came from my partnership with Dan: Badminton, Olympics, World Equestrian Games, Burghley, and more. Now, when I think back about our time together, two words come to mind: opportunity and gratitude. What an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to find Dan, and then be supported in our partnership by many amazing people,” Severson said in an announcement about Dan’s death today.
“Dan, thank you for your willingness to come to work every day, your unbelievable work ethic, incredible heart, and occasionally cheeky behavior that literally kept us all on our toes! Thank you for being my partner, friend, and making my childhood dreams and ambitions come true . . . Rest in peace, Dan. You were truly special, you were loved, and you will be missed,” said Severson.
The USEA extends our heartfelt condolences to Kim Severson, Linda Wachtmeister, and all of Winsome Adante’s connections.
Watch Winsome Adante's induction into the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame:
Nestled in the heart of St. Louis County is Queeny Park, the former estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Queeny. This gorgeous public park features trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a dog park, and so much more. On any given day you can find cyclists, walkers, families, and more enjoying the sprawling grounds of Queeny Park, but once a year eventers take over as the park hosts the Queeny Park Horse Trials. It is not uncommon for park visitors to watch from a safe distance as horses gallop across the grounds at Queeny Park, making it an event that truly anyone in the community can enjoy. This family-friendly staple in the St. Louis equestrian community has run for over 40 years, offering eventers in Area IV and beyond the opportunity to enjoy the park's ample space and terrain during the weekend-long event.
Where can you find fierce competition at every level, an overwhelming team atmosphere, and tons of spirit? The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships of course! The 2022 Championships get underway tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST with the Opening Ceremony and Senior Awards Presentation, and official competition kicks off first thing Saturday morning. A total of 87 championship competitors will be representing 12 schools and make up 22 championship teams which will compete over the course of the weekend at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2022. They are returning as a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.’ As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.