02 May Kathleen Raine’s Avontuur Passed Away
May 2, 2013
Kathleen Raine’s Avontuur Passed Away
Avontuur, he bright bay gelding by Ultrazon x Watteau xx, was one of America’s most successful dressage horses in the 1990s.
Avontuur was hand picked by Kathleen’s mom Betsy as an unbroken 3-year-old stallion in the Netherlands. After much training from Kathleen and her husband David Wightman, Avontuur rose to the highest level and became an international Grand Prix horse.
His accolades include a team bronze and an 8th place at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague, a 5th place at the 1994 World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, and an 8th place at the 1995 Los Angeles World Cup Finals. The duo were the team alternates for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.