Kim Severson has won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* in Lexington, Ky., an impressive three times: in 2002, 2004, and 2005, all with her trusty mount, Winsome Adante. She earned her first medal in a World Championship in September 2002, when she and “Dan” helped the U.S. earn the Team Gold medal at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. In 2004, they not only were members of the U.S. Olympic Bronze medal-winning team, but also earned an Individual Silver medal.
Prior to her partnership with Dan, Severson began her climb to success with Over The Limit. In 1999, the duo was in the winner’s circle in Lexington, having won the USET Three-Star Spring Championship. That same year, Severson was awarded a USET grant to compete Over The Limit at the Blenheim CCI3* and placed second. She and Over The Limit placed fourth (behind Olympic medalists Blyth Tait and David and Karen O’Connor) in the 2000 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* presented by Bayer. In September 2001, she won the Blenheim CCI3* on Winsome Adante. Earlier that year, she rode him to the Reserve Champion title in the USET Three-Star Spring Championship at the MBNA Foxhall Cup. In 2007, the pair was third at the very prestigious Badminton CCI4* in 2007.
Severson uncovered a new star in the giant Tipperary Liadhnan. “Paddy” was a different type of horse for Severson, but she found success with him very quickly. The pair was second in the CIC3* at The Fork and fifth at the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh in 2007, but missed a fall three-day after Severson broke her collarbone. Paddy continued to jump around big tracks with ease in 2008, picking up good finishes in the Advanced division at Southern Pines and in the CIC3*-W at The Fork. They capped off their 2008 spring season by finishing fifth at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* in April.
In 2010, Kim and Paddy completed the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* and were fourth in the CCI3* at Bromont. At the Land Rover USEA American Eventing Championships, the pair was fourth in the star-studded field of the Advanced Championship. In 2011, she and Tipperary Liadhnan completed another Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone.
Severson returned to the international scene in 2013 with Fernhill Fearless. After only a few months of beginning their partnership, Severson and Fernhill Fearless were fifth in The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*.
In 2014, the pair has continued to improve and develop their partnership. At The Fork, Severson and Fernhill Fearless ended up fifth in the CIC3*. They then took on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, where they came in 11th. Severson and Fernhill Fearless represented the U.S. as individuals at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where they came in 23rd place. She closed out her year with a second-place finish at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI2* with Cooley Cross Border.