Karen O’Connor & Capt. Mark Phillips Announced as Newest USEA Hall of Fame Inductees

Left: Karen O’Connor Biko competing at the 1995 European Championships. Brant Gamma Photo. Right: Mark Phillips riding Maid Marion at Ledyard in 1973. Rick Foltz Photo.

Two more USEA Hall of Fame inductees were announced this afternoon at The Fork at Tryon. Congratulations to Karen O’Connor and Capt. Mark Phillips!

Karen O’Connor competed in five Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and two Pan American Game during her storied eventing career. She won four team medals: silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, bronze at the 1998 Rome World Championships, bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and gold at the 2007 Rio Pan American Games.

Karen also won individual gold with Theodore O’Connor at the 2007 Pan Ams, as well as individual silver at the 2003 Pan Ams with Joker’s Wild. Click here to read the full list of her many achievements in the USEA’s announcement.

Capt. Mark Phillips won team gold medal for Great Britain at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and also rode on the gold medal winning British teams for the World Championships in 1970 and European Championships in 1971.  He won Badminton four times in 1971, 1972, 1974 and 1981, as well as Burghley in 1973.

He designed the Burghley CCI4* cross country course from 1989-1996, 1998-2000, and 2005-present, and also designed the Luhmühlen CCI4* course for 12 years. He is also the course designer for the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon.

He served as Chef d’equipe for the U.S. Eventing Team for nearly 20 years. Click here to read the full list of his many achievements in the USEA’s announcement.

Tim and Nina Gardner and Out And About have already been announced as two of the new Hall of Fame inductees. Six total inductees will officially join the USEA Hall of Fame at the 2018 Induction Ceremony, which will be held in December during the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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