O'Connors Release Statement on Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia

David and Karen O'Connor have released a statement regarding the euthanasia of Theodore O'Connor.

The statement reads:

"'Teddy' got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind leg, severing the tendons and ligaments. Dr. A. Kent Allen was on the scene immediately and it was determined after examination that the injuries were catastrophic. Everyone who knew Teddy is devastated."

Read more at "Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'."  

The Shetland/Arabian/Thoroughbred cross gelding was the reigning team and individual Gold Medalist from the 2007 Pan American Games and had top six finishes at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2007 and 2008. He was the 2007 USEF/Farnam Horse of the Year and recently had been named to the USEF Short List for Eventing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The USEF has set up an e-mail address for those wishing to send thoughts to Teddy's connections. Messages can be directed to Teddy@usef.org

Read more at "Theodore O'Connor Euthanized."

The Horse has set up an open blog so that readers can share their thoughts on and memories of Theodore O'Connor. It can be accessed through Memories of Teddy O'Connor.

Theodore O'Connor on cross-country at Rolex 2007

Theodore O'Connor on cross-country at Rolex 2007.
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About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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