So, so, so very sad

May 30, 2008

Less than a week after being short-listed for the Olympic Eventing team, my most favorite (famous) horse in recent history, Theodore O’Connor, had to be euthanized following an accident at home.  “Teddy” was not really a horse – he was a pony with a heart twice the size of the biggest horse.  He mopped up his competition even as they towered over him.

Karen O’Connor, when she was still Karen Lende, was among my first equestrian heroes.  My room was plastered with pictures of her riding The Optimist.  Then she married the dashing and brilliant David O’Connor and they became US Equestrian Team royalty.  It was an unforgettable honor to meet them both at a clinic in Woodside.  They were totally real, incredible teachers, and so super nice.  They treat their horses as their family.  Karen wears a belt with the bridle tags from all of her past competition horses – a daily tribute to the horses that made her who she is today.

I was SOOO looking forward to watching one of my favorite riders, on an amazing pony show the world that we DO have great talent here.  The ultimate underdog:  an American on a short little mutt, showing up those with the finest European pedigrees.

Such a tragic loss…  I can’t imagine the feeling of sadness at the O’Connor barn. 


 (all pics courtesy Team O’Connor)



  1. This makes my heart hurt. Were you able to send them an email and express your sorrow for their loss?? If you have it, I would appreciate having it as well. I am now sad…..

  2. You can email condolences to teddy@oconnoreventteam.com or http://guestbook.oconnoreventteam.com/default.asp

    Sorry to make you sad, too, Mom 😦 You have rooted along side me since the beginning…

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