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Olympic Silver Medalist Biko Dies

Karen O'Connor has represented the U.S. at numerous Olympic and World Equestrian Games. She rode Biko to a Silver Medal at the 2006 Olympics. Here riding Teddy at WEG06.
Karen O'Connor has represented the U.S. at numerous Olympic and World Equestrian Games. She rode Biko to a Silver Medal at the 2006 Olympics. Here riding Teddy at WEG06.
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Biko, who was ridden by Karen O’Connor for 26 years including in the 1996 Atlanta Georgia Olympic Games passed away. His final resting place was at the O’Connor’s farm in Virginia. He had lived a long life and left this world at 30 years old. Biko was owned by Dick and Vita Thompson.

Karen O'Connor is an Olympic Silver Medalist and David O'Connor Gold. Karen was the winner of the USEF Equestrian of the Year Award.
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Biko had a long list of achievements and helped the 1996 U.S. Olympic American Team win the team silver medal after he negotiated the final phase of eventing, the show jumping, with a clear round.

Biko was also representing the U.S. at the the 1994 World Equestrian Games. The Games take place every four years. The next Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will take place in Normandy France this year, August 23-September 7. In 1994 Biko earned an 11th place finish individually.

Biko was named the Horse of the Century by the United States Eventing Association and competed with top placings at such prestigious events at the Rolex Three-Day Event which takes place annually at the Kentucky Horse Park, where the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games took place. He also successfully competed at Badminton.

At 30 he had lived a long and wonderful life. He will be remembered fondly by those who had the chance to see him in action.