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Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor and Upstage at the 2007 Fair Hill CCI***.
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver 1996 Atlanta Team three-day event
Bronze 2000 Sydney Team three-day event
Pan American Games
Silver 2003 Fair Hill Individual eventing
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team eventing
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro Individual eventing
World Championships
Bronze 1998 Rome Team eventing

Karen Lende O'Connor is an American equestrian. She was born February 17, 1958. Her family includes Joanne and Phillip Lende and brothers Steven and Chip. She grew up in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Karen got her first horse, Midnight, for her 11th birthday, and began eventing through Pony Club. She later owned a Connemara named Erin's Shamrock, who took her to her first Three-Day Event at Radnor. The pair eventually moved up to the Advanced level. Karen began competing internationally in 1979 when she was 21 years old.

In 1993, Karen married longtime boyfriend and fellow equestrian David O'Connor in Virginia. Together they formed the famous O'Connor event team. Karen'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.

At the Rolex Kentucky Event 2007, Karen rode a 14.1 American Sport Horse Pony named Theodore O'Connor. It was the first time a pony had competed at the top-level international event, and the pair finished third overall. Karen and "Teddy" won individual and team gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2007. On May 28, 2008, Teddy was euthanized following a freak accident at the O'Connor's farm.

On July 29, 2008, the United States Equestrian Federation announced that O'Connor would join the 2008 Olympic eventing team with the 9-year-old gelding Mandiba, who lives in Pennslyvania.[1]


2008 </dt>

  • 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Hong Kong/Beijing, China
    • Team USA- Mandiba
  • Florida Fall International CCI**
    • 2nd That’s Smart

2007 </dt>

    • 15th Upstage

2006 </dt>

  • Jersey Fresh CCI***
    • 9th Theodore O'Connor

2005 </dt>

  • Jersey Fresh CCI***
    • 3rd Joker's Wild

2004 </dt>

    • 15th Bally Mar
    • 17th Grand Slam
  • Fair Hill International CCI***
    • 8th - Joker's Wild

2003 </dt>

  • Individual Silver, Pan American Games, Fair Hill, Maryland
    • Joker's Wild

2001 </dt>

  • Foxhall Cup CCI***
    • 1st Prince Panache

2000 </dt>

  • Team Bronze Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia
    • Prince Panache
  • Rolex Kentucky CCI****
    • 3rd Prince Panache

1999 </dt>

  • Rolex Kentucky CCI****
    • 1st Prince Panache
    • 2nd Regal Scot

1998 </dt>

  • Badminton CCI****
    • 5th
  • Rolex CCI****
    • 5th

1997 </dt>

  • Rolex CCI****
    • 1st Worth the Trust

1996 </dt>

  • Team Silver Olympic Games, Atlanta, U.S.A.
    • Biko

1995 </dt>

  • Badminton CCI****
    • 3rd Biko
  • Checkmate CCI***
    • 3rd

1994 </dt>

  • Burghley CCI****
    • 5th Prince Panache

1993 </dt>

    • 3rd Enniskerry

1991 </dt>

  • Rolex Kentucky CCI***
    • 1st Mr. Maxwell
  • Burghley CCI***
    • 3rd Mr. Maxwell

1989 </dt>

  • Fair Hill CCI***
    • 1st Nos Ecus

1988 </dt>

  • Member USET Three Day Squad, Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea

1986 </dt>

1985 </dt>

  • Chesterland CCI***
    • 1st Castlewellan

1984 </dt>

  • Boekelo CCI***, Holland
    • 1st The Optimist

1979 </dt>


  1. Karen O'Connor added to Olympic team, Associatd Press

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