11 Aug 2016

Floridians part of U.S. eventing team in Rio

“We’ve got a job to do. None of us are taking this lightly. America has been working on climbing back up to the podium. It’s on us to get it done. We’re going there on a mission,” said local resident Lauren Kieffer, who will compete in her first Olympics.
By Carlos E. Medina Correspondent

The U.S. eventing team’s road to the Rio Olympics came through the area recently as it prepared for the international competition on a bucolic farm in northwest Marion County.

The four-member team assembled at David O’Connor’s eventing training center. O’Connor is the team’s coach and a local resident.

Besides O’Connor, Marion County will be well represented at the games as local resident Lauren Kieffer is one of the team members. And, fellow members Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery have competed regularly in this area over the years.

The team came to Marion County for a final training session before the Rio eventing competition, which will take place Aug. 6-9. Eventing is held over several days and includes dressage, cross country and show jumping.

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