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At the Olympics with Karen O’Connor and Team USA: Day 1

Join us as we continue to follow along with SUCCEED-sponsored rider Karen O’Connor. Like Karen, Mr. Medicott is an Olympic veteran and looks poised to perform at his best during the London 2012 Olympics.

Three-Day Eventing: Dressage Results

In a surprising turn of events, Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa riding the relatively green Noonday de Conde blew past the competition to lead the dressage portion of the eventing at the Olympic Games on Sunday afternoon. With a result of 38.10, Oiwa leads the pack, followed by Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli with a score of 38.5. New Zealand’s Mark Todd scored 39.1.

Team USA’s Overall Olympic Results:

The U.S.’s Phillip Dutton on Mystery Whisper is at 19th place with 44.3 penalties; Will Coleman on Twizzel is 26th with 46.30 penalties. Karen O’Connor on Mr. Medicott finished with 48.20 penalties. Boyd Martin on Otis Barbotiere had the best test of his horse’s career, but with a score of 50.7, didn’t feel the score reflected his horse’s performance. Tiana Coudray on Ringwood Magister took a score of 52 for the pair’s first Olympics.

Karen O’Connor Olympic Update:

SUCCEED-sponsored rider Karen O’Connor kicked off her fifth Olympic Games with a strong ride on Mr. Medicott, despite the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse getting heavy down the centerlines. Karen attributed the bobble to something distracting or spooking the horse from behind, but she regained control to win back points with excellent canter work and lateral execution.

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Up Next: Cross-Country Results 

Be sure to subscribe to the SUCCEED blog as we chronicle Karen O’Connor’s bid for Olympic gold. Her SUCCEED teammate, Steffen Peters, will begin his Olympic run on August 2.

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