Hometown: The Plains, Virginia
Title: U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor
David O’Connor is one of the most famous names in U.S. eventing. Throughout his career, he had top placings both nationally and internationally, representing the U.S. on numerous occasions. O’Connor won a Team Silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, a Team Bronze medal at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games, and Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the 1999 Pan American Games, all with his legendary mount Giltedge. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games, O’Connor won Individual Gold with Custom Made, as well as a Team Bronze medal with Giltedge. At the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games, he and Giltedge won a Team Gold medal. O’Connor retired from international competition in 2004.
O’Connor made the switch from being an international competitor to being a leader of equestrian sport. He served as the USEF president from 2004-2012. O’Connor also served as the International Technical Advisor to the Canadian Eventing Team from 2006-2012, coaching Canada to Individual Gold and Team Silver medals at the 2011 Pan American Games, as well as Team Silver medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. He took over as the U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe/Techincal Advisor in 2013. He has led the U.S. team to top placings at international competitions, including Team Gold at the 2015 Pan American Games.
With his wife, legendary eventer Karen O’Connor, he runs a premier eventing training facility, teaching some of the best horses and riders in the country.