Rolex Relay: Everyone Loves Theodore O’Connor!


At the Rolex (Kentucky) Three-Day Event this year, event celebrities Karen and David O’Connor are sharing the spotlight with Karen’s new star mount, the diminutive pony eventer, “Theodore O’Connor.” At day’s end yesterday, they were lying seventh after a rainy succession of dressage tests on the soggy opening day. But the little horse is the talk of the Horse Park.

The crowd will be on their feet to watch the chestnut (he’s only 14’1″ or so) go cross-country tomorrow (Saturday). As Karen remarked, this horse jumps fences that he can’t even see over!

Theodore is by a Thoroughbred stallion, out of an Arab/Shetland cross mare, and holds his USEF official pony card from his previous career as a show ring hunter pony. Karen won her division in the three-star The Forks horse trials earlier this year, riding Theodore.

There’s lots more about Theodore on the Team O’Connor web site, along with photos. He has his own page page there. If you are subscribing to the NBC Sports live video feed this year, watch for Theodore!

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