Honors David OConnor As Equestrian Developmental Coach of the
Gladstone, NJFebruary 19, 2004 The United States Olympic
Committee (USOC) has selected David OConnor as the 2003 Equestrian
Developmental Coach of the Year.
OConnor, the 2000 Olympic individual Gold Medalist in eventing,
has helped the U.S. Equestrian Federations eventing program
by working closely with its Developing Riders. He was chosen by
the United States Olympic Committees Coach Recognition program
for his commitment to training and helping to develop future US
Equestrian Federation equestrian athletes.
Demonstrating the dramatic effect OConnors coaching
has had on this countrys eventing Developing Riders was the
success achieved by some of them in 2003. At age 21, Kristin Schmolze
finished as the Reserve Champion in the Fair Hill International
CCI***. Will Faudree, age 22, was part of the United States
Gold Medal team at the Pan American Championships in Fair Hill,
September 2002, OConnor added to his list of illustrious career
highlights as a rider when he helped the U.S. earn the team Gold
Medal at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. In 2000, O'Connor
won the first Olympic Gold Medal for the United States since 1984
when he clinched the individual eventing championship at the Sydney
Olympic Games finishing with the best score in Olympic history.
In addition to sharing the team Bronze in Sydney, he and his wife,
Karen, were also teammates on the Silver Medal-winning U.S. squad
at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. At the 1999 Pan American in Winnipeg,
Canada, O'Connor won team Gold and individual Silver Medals.
While serving US Equestrian as coach of eventing Developing Riders,
OConnor is also leading equestrian sport into the 21st century
as President of the Federation. He remains an active competitor
and is targeting a third consecutive Olympic appearance and the
chance to defend the Gold Medal he won in Sydney.
Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S.,
is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports
of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping,
and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian
competition. As the countrys largest multi-breed organization,
the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than
2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects
of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards,
and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
vision of U.S. Equestrian is to provide leadership for equestrian
sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses,
and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation
in the world.
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excellence in equestrian sport while promoting international goodwill.
The USET Foundation supports US Equestrian teams by funding International
High Performance programs, athletes and coaches.