2002 – Won the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*; Team Gold Medal at the Jerez World Equestrian Games
2004 – Individual Silver and Team Bronze at the Athens Olympic Games; Won the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*; #1 FEI Rider
2005 – Won the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*
2006 – Member of the Aachen World Equestrian Games team
2007 – 3rd at the Badminton Horse Trials CCI4*
2008 – 5th at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*; Short-listed for the Beijing Olympic Games
2010 – 24th at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*
2014 – 11th at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*
2018 – 21st at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*
Winsome Adante, Tipperary Liadhnan, Fernhill Fearless, Cooley Cross Border
Kim Severson began riding almost before she could walk and started taking dressage lessons at age eight. At 11, she was competing at third level dressage and soon branched into eventing. By 15, she was competing at preliminary level and, in 1993, she made the decision to move to Leesburg, VA, to train with Jack LeGoff and Jimmy Wofford. During her time in Virginia, she partnered with Linda Wachmeister and Plain Dealing Farm. She initially came on board to exercise horses and teach Linda’s daughters, and Linda ultimately decided to sponsor Kim’s career as an international event rider.
Her subsequent success in the sport has led to a record-setting career. Highlights include winning Rolex Kentucky CCI4* three times in 2002, 2004 and 2005 with her famous partner, Winsome Adante (“Dan”). They also won team gold and placed sixth individually at the 2002 Jerez World Equestrian Games, and brought home Team Bronze and Individual Silver from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. They next competed at the 2006 Aachen World Equestrian Games and finished third at Badminton in 2007 before Kim made the decision to retire Dan. During this time, Kim was named the USEA’s Lady Rider of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
After 11 years at Plain Dealing Farm, Kim made the decision to establish her own business: Kim Severson Eventing, LLC. Her next star, Tipperary Liadhnan (“Paddy”), finished 5th at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 2008 and was short-listed for the Beijing Olympic Games that year. They went on to compete at the Lexington 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Kim has been renowned as a coach as well as a competitor. Her student, Nina Ligon, was named the #1 USEA Young Rider in 2010 and 2011, and went on to compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Kim also coached Team Thailand at the Asian Games in 2010.