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David O'Connor

November 11, 2010

We Hosted A Worldwide Celebration Of Horsepower

Our columnist is proud of the way the World Equestrian Games brought horse sports across divides.

I’m glad that 2010 is drawing to a close. It’s been a long and rewarding year for the United States in so many ways. The Alltech FEI World Games are done and dusted, and from many points of view the Games were a real success.

April 15, 2010

Rolex Kentucky Will Be A Showcase Of What’s To Come

Our columnist is waiting for eventing’s next superstar horse to emerge, maybe at Rolex Kentucky or the WEG.

The end of April brings the arrival of warm weather and the eagerly awaited Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

February 6, 2009

Looking Back And Thinking Ahead

The 2008 season was full of emotion, viewpoints, good competition and its share of unwanted publicity. The self evaluation of a sport is always a good thing in the end, though. Whether you believe in the outcome or not, it’s still healthy to look at where our sport is and consider what can or should happen in the future.

January 19, 2009

We Need To Make A New Investment

It's time for us American eventers to invest in the next generation of riders. We need to create a program that helps younger riders prepare for a competitive career and for a life in and with horses.

August 29, 2008

If Only The Olympics Had Turned Out Differently

After the U.S. eventing team’s disappointing seventh-placed finish, our columnist believes it’s time for eventers to pull together for the long-term good of the entire sport.

In horse sports, the word “if” is one of the most important in the English language, and that fact rang true most definitely at the Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

June 27, 2008

Eventing Must Experience A Culture Shift

Rider responsibility and an open exchange of ideas will help us to better evolve with the sport we’ve created.

I have one wish right now for this column—I hope that this is the last time that I’ll be writing about safety, because we won’t have to.

March 4, 2008

Kentucky--Why I Used To Wake Up In The Middle Of The Night

April means it's time for the Rolex Kentucky CCI, and that's my favorite time of year!

I know that people who live in Kentucky are probably more excited by the college basketball season as anything else in the spring, but for us horse enthusiasts Rolex is the highlight of the year, especially if you're interested in eventing.

January 31, 2008

This Year Will Be Remembered As One Of Conflict

When I think of the 2007 eventing season, there’s the full run of emotions—the ecstatic feeling of the Pan American Games team gold medal and the health of the sport overall. But these emotions are overshadowed by the tragic loss of three lives in the past 13 months here in the United States, as well as other serious accidents.

April 20, 2007

To Compete Safely, First, You Must Really Learn How To Ride

Any horse sport, or even any activity with a horse, is inherently risky. And, yes, some of those risks will be apparent at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** previewed in this issue.

You’ll also see most of the best U.S. and Canadian riders and horses try to keep three superstars from England (Polly Stockton, Ian Stark and Mary King) from winning the Rolex watch. And there will be several riders and horses making their first four-star start, some with more experience and higher hopes than others.

February 20, 2007

We're Doing A Lot Well, But We Could Do Some Things Better

During the end-of-the-year holidays, we all have the tendency to look back, to re-evaluate the successes and disappointments of the past year, and, hopefully, to make new plans for the next season. And 2006 has given us a lot to look back on, as it's been a fascinating year in a lot of ways. Some has been good, and some has certainly not been so good, but the train doesn't stop rolling just because someone wants to get off and go for a walk.

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