Sydney Australia - David O'Connor of The Plains, VA scored 29.0 penalties in the opening dressage phase of the individual eventing competition, taking the lead with the best score in Olympic history.
O'Connor impressed the judges and amazed the crowd with his ride on his veteran partner, Custom Made, a 15-year-old, Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Xandarius, LLC. His ride was accurate and precise with good cadence throughout and research indicated that his score was the best ever achieved in an Olympic eventing dressage test.
"He was just beautiful to ride today," said O'Connor who just the day before made Olympic history by sharing an Olympic medal (eventing team Bronze) with his wife for the second time. "When he floats like that, he's so enjoyable to ride.
Photo by Diana DeRosa