Week 8 in Wellington, Florida finished on a high with a 3rd place in the CSIO 4* Grand Prix for Cian and Quidam's Cherie.
The only Irish rider to go through to the jump-off from a starting field of 50, Cian steered the Adena Springs Stables mare to a further clear round, but was just over three seconds slower than Britain’s Ben Maher who took first place.
Cian said, “It was her first time jumping a four star Grand Prix and I didn't push her in the jump off but rather stayed neat and was thrilled with her double clear performance. Long season ahead so will give her two weeks off again now and then build to the grand finale here.”
The success comes after Team Ireland finished joint fourth in Friday’s Nation's Cup in Wellington. Quidam's Cherie jumped a super first round clear but was a little green in the big atmosphere and unfortunately had two down in round two. Shane Sweetnam was 4 and 4, Richie Moloney 8 and clear and Paul O’Shea was 5 and 4.
“We would have liked to have gone better but we all played our part and for me it was great mileage for my young mare,” said Cian after the competition.
Cian O’Connor is an Irish International show jumping rider, coach, horse producer and consultant. Based at Karlswood Stables in County Meath, Ireland he achieved the pinnacle of his sporting career when claiming individual bronze at the London Olympic Games. Cian competes successfully all over Europe, America, the Middle East & China.