Cian recorded good results with both Super Sox and Good Luck at the Global Tour final in Doha last weekend.
Super Sox was 3rd in the opening 1.45m two-phase and finished 5th in a very fast 1.50m speed class on Saturday. Good Luck was clear in Thursday’s feature 1.55m and with an unlucky rail down 3 from home in the feature grand prix on Saturday, the pair were kept out of contention.
Cian said afterwards, “I’m thrilled with both horses. It would have been nice to be clear in the grand prix but I’m just so happy with how good luck has developed this year. Super Sox, whom I only ride occasionally, as he’s ridden by one of my pupils, really tried his heart out and gave a great account of himself”.
Captain Michael Kelly has departed the Irish Army Equitation School and will now take up a major role at Cian O’Connor’s Karlswood Stables.
Michael Kelly joined the army in 2001 and started his equestrian career in the Equitation School in 2003, and has gone on to gain notable international show jumping success in the last 12 years.
He says, "I have been extremely privileged to wear the uniform of the Army Equitation School. I was given the opportunity to compete both nationally and internationally to the highest level by the school and I will always be grateful for that opportunity."
Michael now takes up a role at Karlswood Stables, working with Olympic Bronze Medallist Cian O’Connor.
"This is an exciting move as I will be working with an extremely professional and motivated group of people and the aim is to promote Karlswood and enhance its global status"
Cian O’Connor commented, "I am delighted to welcome Michael into our Karlswood Team. Our core business is coaching and developing riders, helping them manage and plan their careers and sourcing horses to match their needs. Michael will be key in enabling us to continue to provide an unparalleled level of service to our customers and his expertise will allow us the opportunity to expand the business and open new markets."
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Watch Good Luck’s amazing clear in the Furusiyya Nations Cup final in Barcelona.