Instructor Sally O’Connor has enjoyed a lifetime involvement with horses both in Eventing and dressage. She is currently an F.E.I judge in both disciplines, an AHSA “I” dressage judge, and “R” judge. She evented extensively in the 1960s and 1970s and is currently showing horses at all levels in dressage. Her horse, Open Road, was Prix St. George Champion in Florida.

Sally is a prolific writer, having written Practical Eventing and Common Sense Dressage, as well as numerous articles on both dressage and combined training. Her son, David, was on the Silver Medal Team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, in 1997 won the Badminton 3-Day Event, won the Individual Gold Medal in Sidney, and was on the Gold Medal Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain.

Her background is purely classical. She studied with Franz Rockowansky, Nuno Olivera and Bengt Ljungquist. Sally moved to Draper, Utah to pioneer Dressage and Eventing in a new facility where her students competed successfully in both disciplines. Several years ago, she returned to the East Coast to be near her children and grandchild.

Sally has served on the boards of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association, the United States Dressage Federation, the United States Pony Club, and the USCTA as Vice President of Education, and Sally has written Eventing Dressage tests. Currently, Sally heads a USEA Task Force to develop guidelines for Cross Country design at Beginner Novice through Preliminary to bring the levels back into proper relationship.

By Sally O’Connor

Common Sense Dressage

Essential Exercises