In Memoriam - Theodore O’Connor 1995-2008

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. During a trining session, Teddy spooked and took off. The rider (not Karen O'Connor) fell off and Teddy ran back to the stables. There he slipped and tore his right hind leg. It looked like a cut with a knife. Teddy tore his superficial and deep tendonds and his ligaments, there were aortal bleedings and he cut his nerves. Chances for recovery were non-existent.

Dr. A Kent Allen was on the scene immediately and it was determined after examination that the injuries were catastrophic. Everyone who knew Teddy is devastated. 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: The USEF will make sure your email gets to the intended recipients.

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