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David O'Connor (equestrian)

Medal record
Equestrian
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney Individual three-day event
Silver 1996 Atlanta Team three-day event
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team three-day event
World Championships
Gold 2002 Jerez Team three-day event

David John O'Connor (b. 18 January 1962 in Gaithersburg, Maryland [1]) is a retired equestrian rider. He won many international competitions as well as the gold medal for the US in the 2000 Olympic Games. He is only the second American to have won the Badminton Horse Trials. O'Connor sits as the President of the US Equestrian Federation. His wife, Karen O'Connor, was a member of the 2008 US Olympic Equestrian team. David's latest business venture is a partnership with Equestrian Services, LLC to exclusively offer the world’s first branded equestrian facilities and amenities for residential communities and resorts worldwide.

Accomplishments

2004 </dt>

  • Foxhall CCI***
    • 1st Outlawed
  • 2004 Athens Olympics
    • Short-listed for Eventing Team

2003 </dt>

  • Awarded the Wofford Cup
  • Jersey Fresh CCI**
    • 1st Gorta Glen

2002 </dt>

  • Equestrian of the Year by USA Equestrian
  • USA Equestrian Sportsmanship Award
  • Chronicle of the Horse Overall Horse of the Year
  • Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horse of the Year - Giltedge
  • World Equestrian Games
    • Team Gold- Giltedge
    • Individual 10th- Giltedge
  • Fair Hill International CCI***
    • 1st Custom Made
  • Radnor Hunt CCI**
    • 1st Nicki Henley
    • 6th Wyndham

2001 </dt>

  • Equestrian of the Year by USA Equestrian
  • Fair Hill International CCI***
    • 1st The Native
    • 3rd Tigger Too
  • Radnor CCI**
    • 2nd Persistent Rain
  • Rolex CCI****
    • 1st Giltedge
    • 6th Custom Made
  • Foxhall Cup CCI***
    • 3rd Tigger Too

2000 </dt>

  • FEI Three Day Event Rider Ranking - 1st (in the world)
  • Equestrian of the Year by USA Equestrian
  • Individual Gold, Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia
    • Custom Made
  • Team Bronze, Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia
    • Giltedge
  • Chronicle of the Horse Overall Horseman of the Year
  • Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horseman of the Year
  • Chronicle of the Horse Overall Horse of the Year
  • Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horse of the Year - Custom Made
  • Rolex CCI****
    • 2nd Rattle and Hum (highest placed American)
    • 6th Custom Made
    • 9th The Native

1999 </dt>

  • USCTA Leading Rider
  • USCTA Horse of the Year
    • Rattle & Hum
  • Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horse of the Year
    • Rattle and Hum
  • USET Three Day Fall Championship, Fair Hill International
    • 1st Rattle and Hum
  • Team Gold Medal, Pan Am Games, Winnipeg, Canada
    • Giltedge
  • Individual Silver Medal, Pan Am Games, Winnipeg, Canada
    • Giltedge
  • Chatsworth CIC***
    • 1st Giltedge
  • Blenheim CCI***
    • 4th Custom Made

1998 </dt>

  • USCTA Leading Rider
  • USCTA Horse of the Year
    • Lightfoot
  • Team Bronze, World Equestrian Games, Rome, Italy
    • 6th Giltedge (Individual)
  • Radnor CCI** 1
    • 1st Rattle & Hum
    • 2nd Ocotillo

1997 </dt>

  • FEI Rider Ranking
    • 3rd in the World
  • USOC Male Equestrian of the Year
  • USCTA Leading Rider
  • Awarded the Whitney Stone Cup
  • VA Horse Council
    • Rider of the Year
  • USCTA Horse of the Year
    • Lightfoot
  • Fair Hill International CCI***, Fair Hill, MD
    • 1st Giltedge
    • 2nd Lightfoot
  • Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****
    • 1st Custom Made
  • Punchestown CCI***, Ireland
    • 3rd Giltedge

1996 </dt>

  • FEI Rider Ranking
    • 4th in the World
  • USCTA Leading Rider
  • USCTA Horse of the Year
    • Lightfoot
  • Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horseman of the Year (with Karen)
  • Team Silver Medal, Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA- Giltedge
    • 5th Custom Made (individual)
  • Badminton CCI****
  • 3rd Custom Made

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