The dam of superstar eventing pony Theodore O’Connor has produced a half-sister to the late champion.
The 13hh Chelsea’s Melody, who is half thoroughbred and quarter shetland and arabian, had a bay filly foal by the British eventing stallion Future Illusion. At the age of 20, Chelsea’s Melody conceived the foal via frozen semen in the USA.
Theodore O’Connor – known as Teddy – won the individual Pan Am Games Gold medal in 2007 but died following a freak accident in 2008. He was just 14.1¾, and was ridden by Olympian Karen O’Connor. He had legions of fans around the world and he defied his diminutive stature to take on the world’s best event horses at the highest levels and beat the majority of them.
Breeder P Wynn Norman, Teddy’s owner, reported the filly’s birth. The filly’s sire Future Illusion, who stands at Future Sport Horses, is licensed by the AES and competed by Olympic medalist Jeanette Brakewell. His bloodlines combine the best of eventing breeding – the Elite stallion Fleetwater Opposition, the legendary thoroughbreds Spiritus and Criminal Law as well as Skippy (sire of Jumbo).
Chelsea’s Melody has foaled six full brothers to Theodore O’Connor. Her last foal, a filly by the trakehner Fleetwater Opposition, was born via frozen semen in 2009.