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Windfall Retires at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Darren Chiacchia on Windfall (Photo: Michelle Dunn)

Equestrian Events, Inc. is honored to host the retirement of Windfall at the 2015 Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Windfall began his career with Ingrid Klimke at 5. Over the next four years, this pairing scored 40 wins and placings, including wins at all the CIC**s and CIC***s in Germany in 1999.

He was purchased in late 2000 by Tim Holekamp of Columbia, MO, and over the next eight years, under Darren Chiacchia, became the most accomplished stallion in the sport of Eventing.

He was 5th in the CCI*** at Fair Hill (MD) in 2002 and 2nd in the Foxhall Cup CCI*** (GA), giving Darren the award for highest placing American. In 2003, Fair Hill was the site of the Pan American Championships, and Windfall and Darren were the Individual Gold Medal winners.

Windfall was the first horse in the world to win the first competition patterned after the new 2004 Olympic format, which is now (with some slight differences) the standard CCI format. This special competition was hosted at Rolex Kentucky for competitors who were already qualified for the 2004 Olympics in Athens to give them an opportunity to run over the new format. Windfall and Darren were selected for the team and then earned one of the three scores that gave the Olympic Team Bronze Medal to the United States.

He continued competing in horse trials and CICs into 2009 and retired from Eventing that year at the age of 17, sound and on no medications. Throughout his career in the US, he also was used as a breeding stallion. Remarkably, he seemed to keep his two jobs separate, always a gentleman when around mares at competitions. He has so far sired approximately 200 foals all over the world, notable among them his son Hanno, the winner of the Young Event Horse National Championship both as a 4-year-old (2006) and a 5-year-old (2007). Another son, Tsetserieg, was USEA Preliminary Horse of the Year for 2014 and recently placed at his first CIC**..

A horse used to being active year-round, and always at the top in the Dressage Test, it was only natural that Tim’s wife Cheryl, a Dressage rider, would keep Windfall from becoming bored by teaching him Grand Prix movements. Here is an Event Horse who actually likes Dressage, and he will be performing some of those movements for spectators Sunday.


Dark bay Trakehner Stallion (GER), 16.2 h.h., 1992.
Habicht – Wundermaedel, by Madruzzo
Owner: Dr. Timothy Holekamp, New Spring Farm (MO)
Breeder: Heinz Lembke (GER)