Articles: Press Release
Theodore O'Connor 1995-2008
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2008
By Joanie Morris
Lexington, KY -- The United States Equestrian Federation is devastated to report that Theodore O'Connor was humanely euthanized today as a result of an injury sustained in an accident at Karen and David O'Connor's barn in The Plains, VA.
The 13-year-old eventing super pony defied odds and gravity throughout his career. Standing only 14.1 hands, the Shetland/Arabian/Thoroughbred cross gelding was the reigning Team and Individual Gold Medalist from the 2007 Pan American Games and had top six finishes at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2007 and 2008. He was the 2007 USEF/Farnam Horse of the Year and recently had been named to the USEF Short List for Eventing for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Ridden by three-time Olympic veteran Karen O'Connor, 'Teddy' made friends and picked up fans everywhere he went. Seeing was believing with Teddy as it seemed impossible to imagine that a pony of his size could do his job with such tremendous ease.
Thoughts and prayers are with Karen and David, Teddy's groom Max Corcoran, all of his owners in the Theodore O'Connor Syndicate and everyone associated with this remarkable pony.
To send thoughts to Teddy's connections please email: Teddy@usef.org. The USEF will make sure your email gets to the intended recipients.
Please contact High Performance Communications Manager Joanie Morris with questions at email@example.com.
Attached photo is of Karen and Teddy during their victory gallop at the 2007 Pan American Games. Photo credit: Shannon Brinkman.
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