It is a sad day in Virginia as the news spreads of the untimely passing of "Teddy" Theodore O'Connor, the pony who took the eventing world by storm. The 14.1 hand Shetland/Arabian/Thoroughbred cross gelding suffered a severe laceration to his hind leg, severing the tendons and ligaments, when he slipped after he spooked and bolted.
According to a statement posted on the O'Connor Event Team website, the staff attended to his needs, and Dr. A Kent Allen was there to exam the horse before it was determined that the injury was irrecoverable and impairing to Teddy's quality of life."
Teddy held the reigning team and individual gold medals from the 2007 Pan American Games and had top six finishes at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2007 and 2008. The 13-year-old gelding had been named on May 22 to the eventing short list for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing by the United States Equestrian Foundation. To read more about the life of this amazing pony or to express your condolences to those who knew and loved “Teddy” visit http://www.oconnoreventteam.com/new/index.html
Here is another good article I read sometime ago about Teddy from Chronicle of the Horse
Below is a lovely montage/tribute posted on youtube by ilovehunterjumper