Articles: Press Release
David O'Connor and Outlawed Win at Foxhall
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2004
David O'Connor, of The Plains, Virginia, riding the 14-year-old
New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding, Outlawed (Thoroughbred: Our
Westminster (NZ) - Outline (NZ); bred by Gillsepie, McNamee, Oak &
Samson (NZ)) owned by Jennifer Taxay of Agua Dulce, California, finished
in the top spot to win the Foxhall CCI***, held at Foxhall Farm in
Douglasville, Georgia, April 15 - 18. As the top placed American
rider, he also won the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
National Championship of Eventing and the United States Equestrian Team
(USET) Foundation Spring Three Star Championship.
O'Connor grabbed the lead after Dressage with a score of 41.8
penalties and held on through the stadium jumping phase to end the event
with a score of 49.8 penalties. This was O'Connor's first win aboard
Outlawed. "I took him to Fair Hill last year but didn't get to ride him
due to a fall I had there," said David. "He's the real deal, a good
mover and very fast and straight forward on the cross country. He
always tries hard and he has definite potential," he added. Kim Severson
and He's Got Rhythm (Thoroughbred) placed 2nd with a score of 53.6
penalties and Tiffani Loudon and Above N' Beyond (Thoroughbred: Colonel
Stevens-Sasudio; bred by Jacqui, Samantha & John Shone (CAN)) placed 3rd
with a score of 55.8 penalties.
O'Connor, two-time Equestrian of the Year winner, is best known
for his individual gold medal winning performance at the Sydney
Olympics, where he rode Custom Made, an Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned
by Joe Zada. While at the games, O'Connor turned in the best eventing
dressage score in Olympic history when he opened the individual
competition with a score of 29.00 penalties. He was the first U.S.
athlete to take the gold medal in the sport since 1984.
With his win at Foxhall O'Connor will have his name inscribed on
the USET Foundation Challenge Trophy and the USEF Guy V. Henry Trophy,
joining that of his wife, Karen O'Connor, Tiffani Loudon, Bonnie Mosser
and Darren Chiacchia. Skyeler Icke, the highest placing American young
rider, will have her name engraved on the USET Foundation Markham
For complete results visit www.foxhallcup.com.
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