Articles: Press Release
David O’Connor Wins Rolex/USET Four Star Eventing Championship
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ–May 1, 2001– 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor of The
Plains, VA won the Rolex/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Four Star
Eventing Championship held during the Rolex/Kentucky Three-Day Event,
Presented by Bayer, April 26-29, 2001.
O’Connor riding Giltedge, his Olympic team horse in 1996 and 2000, owned by
Jacqueline Mars, moved into first place on the final day of the competition
when he completed the jumping phase of the event with a clear round and a
final three-phase score of 38.6 penalties. O’Connor completed the dressage
phase with a score of 37.0 penalties and added 1.6 time penalties on the
cross country phase for his score of 38.6 penalties.
He also placed second in the USET Championship and third overall onboard his
individual Olympic mount, Custom Made, with a final score of 47.7 penalties.
Australia’s Phillip Dutton was second overall onboard Simply Red, owned by
Gil Phillips and Carl Bouckaert. The two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist
finished the event with a score of 41.2 to finish in second and claimed the
Carimati Cup, awarded to the highest-placed foreign rider in the
Rolex/Kentucky Three Day Event.
O’Connor won the Rolex/Kentucky Three Star Event in 1990 and 1995 as well.
In 1995 he won the USET/CCI *** Championships at Rolex in the spring and
Fair Hill International in the fall, becoming one of only three riders to
capture both USET titles in the same year.
At the 2000 Olympic Games, O’Connor won individual Gold and team Bronze
Medals. His illustrious career highlights also include a team Silver Medal
from the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 1999, he won team Gold and
individual Silver Medals at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. O’
Connor also won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI **** in
1997, becoming only the second American to win the event in its 49-year
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