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David O’Connor to Serve as U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that David O’Connor will serve as the Eventing Technical Advisor for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. He will also continue to play an important role, alongside the Eventing Managing Director, in the development and implementation of Eventing plans, pathway, program, and systems that will help grow programs for developing and elite athletes. Following the post-Rio Review, the role of the Technical Advisor has been adjusted to focus more on management of the Programs and the athlete’s personal programs and goals rather than hands on coaching.

“I think this is a great opportunity to continue strengthening the U.S. Eventing Team and the sport, overall,” said O’Connor. “I will work closely with the Eventing Managing Director, the Eventing Sport Committee, personal coaches, and athletes to communicate targets and strategies for continual athlete improvement and to develop a sustainable system in all three phases to deliver medals.”

O’Connor has played an important role in the progression and growth of eventing and equestrian sport, overall. Since 2012, he has spearheaded the development of an effective pipeline program that has sought to more effectively identify and develop talented youth while also developing programs for the riders at the top end of the sport. Work will continue to deliver an effective pathway that will seek to bring sustainable success for U.S. Eventing. Of course, the highlight of 2016 was Phillip Dutton’s Bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“David has brought continuity and commitment to U.S. Eventing for years. From his Gold medal and his stint as President of the USEF, to his continued focus on growing development programs, David is well positioned to move the sport of eventing forward,” said USEF President Chrystine Tauber. “As an athlete, chef d’equipe, and technical advisor, David has been fully committed to the process of making USA a leader in the eventing world.

O’Connor will serve as the U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor for the next two years with the focus being the Tryon 2018 World Equestrian Games.

From the USEF Communications Department

USEF High Performance Eventing Spring Training Sessions Finish on a High Note

USEF Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor with riders at one of the spring training sessions. (USEF Archives)

Lexington, KY – The USEF High Performance Eventing Spring Training Sessions have come to a close and are being regarded as highly successful. USEF Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor worked with the nation’s top horses and riders in Aiken, SC, Ocala, FL, Gilroy, CA, Temecula, CA, and Berkshire, UK on their dressage and jumping skills throughout the training sessions, noting marked improvement.

“This year created a great place to start our program from and I was happy with the enthusiasm from the riders,” O’Connor said. “The talent level is very strong. We started and are continuing to work on the basics and everyone has shown great improvement over the spring time. I am very happy with how open the riders have been during the training sessions. The Eventing 25 Program has also been very successful and bodes well for the future of our sport.”

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) rode Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Fernhill Eagle in the East Coast training sessions. “The training sessions with David O’Connor are in full swing and I feel have been very helpful to all the riders,” remarked Dutton. “David has made each session very much suited to each horse and rider’s needs. Each lesson has been a very positive experience.”

Kristi Nunnink (Auburn, CA) participated in the West Coast training sessions on her own R-Star. “I have enjoyed the training session quite a bit. I think David is a fabulous coach and feel that his coaching style suits both my horse and me,” commented Nunnink. “It has been a privilege to be on the training list and hopefully Rolex will go very well.”

These training sessions would not have been possible without the generosity of the facility owners. The USEF would like to thank following facilities, owners, and their staff: Dayna Lynd-Pugh of Flying Tail Farms at Red Fox Farm in Gilroy, CA, Headley Stud in Berkshire, UK, Jacqueline Mars of Meredyth South in Ocala, FL, Shelley Spielman of Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC, Alan and Kay Needle of Tucalota Creek Ranch in Temecula, CA, and Robert Kellerhouse of Galway Downs in Temecula, CA.

Click here to see the High Performance Training Lists and Training Session Schedule.

Follow the 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team here.

Please contact Joanie Morris, USEF Managing Director of Eventing, for more information at jmorris@usef.org.

First 2013 USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program Training Sessions Great Successes

Caitlin Silliman riding Catch A Star in a jumping lesson at the Florida session (USEF Archives)

Lexington, KY – The USEF Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor conducted the first two training sessions of 2013 for the redesigned USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program. The first session took place January 21-24 at Flying Tail Farms at Red Fox Farm in Gilroy, CA for West Coast riders, followed by the second session on January 27 – February 1 at Meredyth South in Ocala, FL. The sessions consisted of both mounted lessons as well as lectures encouraging the riders to become students of the sport with a well-rounded knowledge. O’Connor lectured on the riding theory and technique, stable management, and course design. Guest speakers also gave presentations on various topics at the training sessions.

To view the list of riders who attended the training sessions, please click here.

“David is an exceptional coach who is taking great pride in rebuilding the high performance program in the U.S.,” said California session participant Marc Grandia (Onalaska, WA). “I am just excited to be in a position to be a part of his vision for the future. I took away from the training session a very clear understanding of the expectations for the future and what it will take to be the best in the world both individually and as a country. As David says, he has provided a path and it is up to us to follow it.”

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CLARIFICATION & CORRECTION: USEF Announces Land Rover Grants for Boekelo CCIO3*

Lexington, KY – David O’Connor will not be representing the U.S Eventing Team at the Boekelo CCIO3* as reported in the August 17, 2012 release from the USEF Communications Department. O’Connor continues to serve as the Technical Advisor for the Canadian Eventing Team through the November of 2012.  His presence at Boekelo is related specifically to individuals whom he coaches in his business. O’Connor’s role as Coach of the U.S. Eventing Team does not commence until the beginning of the 2013 competition year.

Follow the 2012 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at http://usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Eventing/.