David O'Connor will remain the Canadian Eventing team's International Technical Advisor until the end of 2012. © Cealy Tetley
O'Connor joined the Canadian Eventing team as ITA in 2006.
The 2009 Canadian Eventing Team training program with O'Connor will comprise training sessions, clinics and camps held in Florida, California and at selected national and international and competitions in North America and Europe. In addition, individual training is provided to identified riders at the O'Connor Equestrian Centre.
"We are thrilled that David expressed his commitment to the National Team Program providing the leadership as the team works towards the 2012 Olympic Games," said Grit High, CEC High Performance chair. "David is an inspiration to our riders, and we are very pleased that his strong program will be continued."
In his role as ITA, O'Connor provides overall technical leadership to the senior national team program. Targeted team competitions leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London, England, include CCI 4 and 3 star three day event competitions in GBR September 2009, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, September 25-30 in Lexington Kentucky USA and the 2011 Pan American Games, October 22-24 in Guadalajara Mexico.
"I am excited to be continuing my role with the Canadian Eventing team. The past three years have been very rewarding and the competitiveness of the athletes is on the upward track," stated O'Connor. "I look forward to Canada taking its place as a competitive force in the international arena in these next few years."
An individual gold, and team bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics, O'Connor competed internationally for the United States Equestrian Team from the 1980s until his retirement from competition in 2004. During that time he earned three Olympic medals, two Pan-American Games medals and two World Championship medals.
Together with his wife Karen, also an Olympic medalist, O'Connor devotes his time to the training of riders and horses. He is also the president of the United States Equestrian Federation, the chair of the FEI Safety Committee, the chair of FEI Group 1V and a well-respected international Eventing course designer.