David O’Connor was a member of almost every U.S. Equestrian Team for 20 years proving himself as one of America’s most successful international riders. In 1995, O’Connor won both Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Fair Hill CCI3*. The following year O’Connor rode Giltedge as a member of the silver medal team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and was fifth individually aboard Custom Made. In 1997, O’Connor rode Custom Made to become only the second American to win the Badminton CCI4*. O’Connor’s performances at the Olympics and Badminton led him to the title of USEA Rider of the Year in 1996 and 1997.
At the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, O’Connor and Giltedge were members of the gold medal team and placed second individually. In 2000, O’Connor rode Custom Made to win the individual gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. He was also a member of the bronze medal team aboard Giltedge, who then went on to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event the following year. Two years later, O’Connor once again stood on top of the podium as a member of the Gold medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. His partner was Giltedge, who with David represented the U.S. Team an outstanding five times.
O’Connor is now retired from international competition, but continues to support the sport by training riders and horses and designing courses across the country. He also serves in the volunteer position of President of the United States Equestrian Federation.
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