How It All Began

Kim, a native of Tucson, Arizona, is one of four children. Her mother, Jackie, had her riding almost before she could walk. She began formal dressage lessons at age 8. At age 11, she was competing at third level Dressage. That year, she discovered Eventing and competed her pony Troublefree at their first Event. Obsessed with the sport, she trained with Canadian rider, Dale Irwin. By age 13, she had taken Troublefree to the Training level. Kim was winning at the Preliminary level just two years later, aboard the mare, Meersluft.

By age 16, she had successfully trained three young, inexpensive horses from Novice up to Intermediate level horse trials. Kim was already demonstrating her innate ability to get the very best out of every horse. In 1993, Kim made the cross-country trek to Leesburg, Virginia, to train with Jack LeGoff and Jimmy Wofford. Kim managed the Dominion tack shop in Middleburg before partnering with Linda Wachmeister and Plain Dealing Farm in 1996. Kim was originally hired to exercise horses and coach Linda’s two daughters. Linda then agreed to sponsor Kim’s pursuit of International competition. Kim credits much of the success in her career to Linda.

Rolex, World Games and the Olympics!

Kim went on to win the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* three times with Winsome Adante “Dan” in 2002, 2004, and 2005. Kim and Dan were part of the gold medal winning USA team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. They placed 6th individually. (This was Kim’s first time riding for the United States). This pair also competed at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where they won the individual silver medal and team bronze. In 2004, Kim was ranked the #1 F.E.I. rider in the world, an Eventing superstar with a total dedication to success. Kim and Dan were named to the 2006 USA World Equestrian Games where they competed in Aachen, Germany. At these Games, Kim was the Developing Riders Coach, assisting Chef D’Equipe, Captain Mark Phillips. Kim and Dan finished 3rd at Badminton in 2007 before he was retired later that year. In the fall of 2007, after 11 wonderful years at Plain Dealing Farm, Kim took the next step in her career and has ventured out on her own. She has established her own successful business, Kim Severson Eventing, LLC.

More recently, Kim finished 5th with Tipperary Liadhnan at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 2008, and was short-listed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kim and Paddy were then named to the 2010 World Equestrian Games team in Lexington, Kentucky. With multiple F.E.I. 1st through 3rd placings, Kim has sat near the top of the USEA leaderboard throughout her career. Kim has been named the U.S. Eventing Association’s Lady Rider of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.

Looking forward

Kim currently has a talented string of up-and-coming Event horses in her barn who are strong competitors for the future. She has focused much of her time recently on a great variety of students of all ages and skill levels. Having sold her own four star mount, Tipperary Liadhnan, Kim spent most of 2010-2012 focusing on training students of all ages and skill level. Under Kim’s guidance, her student, Nina Ligon was named the #1 USEA young rider in 2010 and 2011 and won the prestigious 2011 F.E.I. Rising Star Award. Kim helped Nina reach her ultimate goal of riding at the London 2012 Olympics. Kim also coached Team Thailand at the Asian Games in 2010. Meanwhile, Kim traveled to Ireland and purchased a few young horses from Cooley Sporthorses. She has been quietly building those horses into upper level mounts. In 2013, as a result of helping Nina, Kim received the ride on Nina’s horse, Fernhill Fearless aka “Sparky”. Kim and Sparky began their competition partnership in June 2013. After a successful Fall and Spring campaign, including a 5th place at Fair Hill CCI***, 5th place at The Fork CIC***, and 11th place at Rolex CCI****, they were named to the WEG squad for Normandy 2014.


Taylor Mohr and Cooley High WaterLucia Strini Maris Burns and Linda Dahigren and AFW AMI Fidele

Lisbeth Storandt and Open Rebellion Nina Ligon and Fernhill Fearless

Lainey Ashker and Anthony PatchEllie Brown and Duncunellen

Christy Mackaness and Escape Appeal Jodi Hemry and Instyle

Jessica Bortner-Harris and Win the WarKelsey Hoiness and TM Ballingary

Molly Bull and KiltartanTeresa Brookins and Negrito

Elizabeth Bennet and Kite Gabby Dickerson and Hang Time

Rosa Watson Lehnig and PL Irish Thunder


Meet the KSE Staff!

Andi Lawrence,
Groom/Barn Manager

Andi arrived at KSE as a working student in the summer of 2015 from Unionville, PA. She came with her Intermediate level mount, Armani IV. In November of 2015, Kim and Andi went to Ireland and imported a six year old mare, Cooley Northern Mist “Grace”. Andi and Grace hope to make the move up to the Preliminary level this season, shooting for a CCI* in the Spring. Andi became Head Groom in March of 2016.

Molly Bull,
Competition Scheduler

Molly Bull began Eventing in high school and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1997. Two years later, she began taking lessons with Kim and was hired as a groom for Kim in 2000. With Kim’s help, Molly purchased the four-year-old Kiltartan in 2001 and slowly took him up through the levels. They placed 9th at their first CCI*** at Fair Hill in 2004 and were named to the 2005 Winter Training List. In 2007 they completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Kim also helped Molly bring along a mare, Hole in One, from a green youngster to the Advanced level. Molly is currently taking time off from riding at the upper levels to be a mom, but is bringing along a young horse with Kim’s help. Molly and Ballinaguilkey Mike will be out competing at training level Spring 2014 and hope to move up to prelim later in the year.
Molly handles all of Kim’s show scheduling and entry requirements.



Training With Kim

Kim has an innate ability to transform an average horse into a top quality competitor. She is an experienced trainer and elite performer who will improve your horse’s potential and visibility.

Kim has a limited number of openings available to train and show event horses. If you are looking to sell your horse, let her provide the necessary training and exposure.

Have your horse join Kim’s roster of success stories. She has successfully trained:

Winsome Adante
Royal Venture
Tipperary Liadhnan
Over The Limit
Tsunami III
Choo Choo Magoo
Mighty Himself
Wall Street Whisper
Queen Wannabee
Fantasy Impromptu
Wiley Post
Tiger Lily V
First Officer
Echo November

Lessons with Kim

Kim offers private lessons in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to train with a very experienced and successful International competitor.

Lessons are conducted at Kim’s facility in Charlottesville, VA and Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, VA. If Kim’s schedules permits, arrangements can be made at your local facility.

Kim spends the winters/early spring in Aiken, SC. where she is available to teach as well. Contact Kim to discuss location, schedule, and fees.

Schedule a Clinic with Kim at Your Facility

Kim is available as a clinician and for exhibitions, involving demonstrations in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. To discuss location, availability, & fees, please contactMolly Bull at: [email protected] or 434-962-0306.

Become an Owner/partner with Kim

Kim is expanding her operations and actively seeking Owner/Partners who will enjoy the thrill of competition and the distinctive recognitions they will earn in the eventing community.

To become an owner/partner in Cooley Cross Border, contact Kim at (434) 953-3571 or e-mail: Kim [email protected]

Or for more information on KSE Syndication opportunities, please see the Syndication page.