Breyer Creating Model of Eventing Super Pony Theodore O'Connor

Breyer Animal Creations, The Theodore O'Connor Syndicate, LLC, and Sportponies Unlimited have announced that Theodore O'Connor, the pony who has caused a sensation in the eventing world, will be the latest international star to join the Breyer Animal Creations' stable as a portrait model in 2008.

The fiery chestnut gelding recently won two gold medals at the Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil. He also won a three-star event at The Fork in North Carolina and finished third at the four-star Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Bred by P. Wynn Norman and Sportponies Unlimited, the mighty "Teddy" is 12-years-old and is 3/4 Thoroughbred, 1/8 Shetland pony, and 1/8 Arabian. Norman began selling shares in Teddy this spring, creating The Theodore O'Connor Syndicate, LLC, to support his budding international career.

"It's just wonderful how Teddy exemplifies the sport of eventing," Norman noted. "Unlike many horse sports, eventing doesn't require a specific type of horse--or rider for that matter. It just requires a lot of desire and a big heart. I hope Teddy's success will encourage others to consider eventing."

The Breyer portrait model of Teddy will debut in Breyer's 2008 line and will be available in the United States, as well as through Breyer's international distribution network.

"We joined the Teddy fan club at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event after his amazing performance there, said Stephanie Macejko, Breyer's vice president of marketing and product development. "And we were thrilled when Karen and Teddy won double gold for the United States at the Pan American Games!

"We are very pleased to support this superb pony by creating a Breyer portrait model for his many fans around the world," Macejko said.

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