AXTON, Va. -

Olympians who won big in the Sydney Summer games are now jumping hurdles in Pittsylvania County.

This week at the Sandy River Equestrian Center campers are showing their horse who's boss.

"You never want your horse to know he's big," said Suzanne Lacy, owner of the Sandy River Equestrian Center.

Standing behind Lacy is Sara, a horse, neighing loudly. She and her owner Kim Bradley from Tennessee are regulars.

"I have come, I think this is my seventh time. So I come as often as I could for sure," Bradley said.

This is no doubt one of the best places to learn how to be a horse whisperer, of sorts.

Olympic Gold Medalist David O'Connor and his wife Karen are hosting the camp and have five medals between them from the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney, Australia Summer games.

"They are people who love the sport on a lot of different levels," David O'Connor said. "Try to make their world with horses a little bit easier, a little bit happier, and give them a way to be successful."

The husband and wife team now train future Olympians through summer camps throughout the world like this one in Pittsylvania County. This week the trainers are working with 11 campers from Maryland to Texas.

"It's just an amazing experience you're not going to get anywhere else," Lacy said.

The O'Connor's spend time with each camper, teaching the power of the senses; touch, voice, and stern looks used to communicate with horses.

"It would be very likely that, in this camp, especially with the younger people, the ones that are hugely devoted and passionate about what they're doing, they have every change of being an Olympian one day," said Karen O'Connor.

Then there are partners like Sara and her owner who don't have plans to go to the Olympics. They're just working on their relationship.

"It's really cool to be in a sport where you can learn from the best people in the sport," Bradley said.