USEF: David O’Connor Discusses Social License, Providing A Good Life For Horses

David O’Connor, U.S. Olympian and Chief of Sport for US Equestrian, leads a new three-part Learning Center series on providing a good life for horses.

O’Connor, a decorated Olympian, is no stranger to US Equestrian. O’Connor represented the USA for 20 years as an athlete, earning individual gold and team bronze medals in eventing at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics and a team silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. O’Connor joined the USEF team in his current role in October 2022. He is responsible for working with the executive team on the overall international and national sport support of the Strategic Plan initiatives including sport integrity, education, and equine and human safety and welfare. Additionally, he provides oversight of the international and national sport operations, ensuring that the sport department’s short-term and long-term strategic plans align with USEF’s priorities. He also focuses on strengthening relationships with stakeholder groups, such as the USOPC, FEI, and USEF’s Recognized Affiliates.

In the first video, David provides an overview of social license, what it means, and how important it is for horse sports to be understood and accepted by the public as a positive experience for horses. In the second video, David explains how to create a good life for horses during competition and training. And in the third video, David shares how to ensure horses live a great life outside of competition. By demonstrating compassion and an understanding of horses mental and physical needs, we can ensure our horses live their best lives and that equestrian sport is sustainable and understood by the general public for years to come.

Check out the first video, and you can find video two here, video three here:

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