Kelso was an American TB born in April 4, 1957, he was considered among the best racehorses of the 20th century. In the list of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th century by The Blood-Horse magazine, Kelso was ranked 4th, behind legends such as Man O’ War, Secretariat and Citation. In his long career, Kelso defeated many leading Thorougbred racehorses.
Kelso’s pedigree was undistinguished. Born at Clairborne Farm near Paris, KY, he was sired by a well-known racehorse who was an unproven stallion, Your Host. Kelso’s dam was the unheralded Maid of Flight (although her sire was Count Fleet and her grandsire was Man O’ War). Kelso was her first foal; he was scrawny, runty and hard to handle.
Hickstead was born on March 2 in 1996 and was a stallion ridden by a fellow Canadian, Eric Lamaze. With Lamaze, Hickstead was a gold and silver medalist in the sport of showjumping. Hickstead was owned by Torrey Pines and Ashland Stables Inc.
Theodore O’Connor born in 1995 out of Chelsea’s Melody, a 13.0 hh 1/2 Thoroughbred, 1/4 Arabian, and 1/4 Shetland Pony mare and by 16.2hh Stallion Witty Boy, was nicknamed “Teddy,” He was a 14.1¾hh pony who competed internationally at the highest level of eventing. Teddy was ridden by Karen O’Connor and he performed exceedingly well at such events as the Rolex Kentucky Three Day and the Pan Ams. His success and small size earned him the nickname “Super Pony” which he truly was.
Theodore O’Connor was humanely euthanized on May 28, 2008 as a result of an injury sustained at Karen and David O’Connor’s barn in The Plains, VA.
(Bruce Davidson and Irish Cap, Davidson was the first American to win the World Championships at Burghley in England aboard Irish Cap.)
(David O’Connor and Custom Made - 17.1hh)
1995: Imported from England under the name Tailor by Joseph Zada for David O’Connor.
1995: Made their debut at Rolex in the CCI*** division. Won the dressage phase by approx. 12 penalty points, but had a run-out on XC and 11.5 penalties in SJ.
Custom Made was then shipped to England where he was put in a citation bridle for XC, which helped cure the running away feature he had. They won the Gatcombe Horse Trials, and were selected for the US team in the Open Eventing European Championships, in Pratoni, Italy. They did well in dressage, XC not so much. The citation birdle pinched Custom Made’s mouth coming to a ditch and the horse proved to be quick on his feet when he spun around so quickly, O’Connor had no chance and came off. The following day, the horse remembered the incident and they were eliminated when he refused to jump the Liverpool.
1996: Custom Made then went to Badminton Horse Trials and ended up in 3rd place. Having thrown out a nice dressage, he came in 1 second over the optimum time for XC and went clear in SJ.
1997: Custom Made went back to Badminton a second time in 1997, and was impressive in every phase. 2nd after dressage, he added only 0.4 time penalties on cross-country, and 0.25 time penalties in stadium. David O’Connor and Giltedge the winners of their first CCI ****.
2000: Tailor went to the Olympics in Sydney, where he and his rider won the first eventing Olympic gold medal for America in 25 years and put up the best score in Olympic history, despite the fact that O’Connor nearly went off-course. Then named Horse of the Year by the USEA.
2002: Won the U.S. Equestrian Team Eventing Three-Star Fall Championship at the Fair Hill International in Fair Hill, MD. O’Connor stated before the event, that this would be his last competition, a fairytale ending.
So I’m not very good at the quote thing I put under the pictures, so should I just give a mini description of the horse, it’s quirks, it’s achievements etc. instead?
(Lendon Gray and Seldom Seen-14.2hh/Competed up to Grand Prix DRSG, Won the GP, GP Special and GP Freestyle among things.)
Don’t let fancy clothes and styles define who you are as a person. Let you’re personality shine through and you’ll know who’s really worth your time.
(Ian Millar and Big Ben-International Canadian Showjumpers, Proud to be CDN-17.3)
Doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background is, as long as you keep on moving forward and be the best you can.
Живущий в Ирландии итальянец Жанпаоло Ла Палья фотографирует ирландских лошадей, брошенных прежними хозяевами после начала мирового финансового кризиса.
Horses of Ireland abandoned by their owners after world financial crisis began.