On Friday, Cian took Good Luck, a nine year old gelding, through his paces on the five star track. This was Good Luck’s first time at a Nations’ Cup. Cian was the first rider of 32 and on the first round had eight jumping faults and one time fault. He delivered a clear second round, which, together with clear rounds from Bertram Allen and Greg Broderick, saw Ireland achieving third place. Cian said Good Luck had learned a lot from this experience, which would stand him in good stead for his next big outing.
Aramis, Cian’s 8 year old stallion, finished 2nd in the 1.45m jump-off class (behind a very fast Bertram Allen).
Saturday saw Cian, on Quidam Cherie, coming a very close 2nd in the 1.50m jump-off in the feature class, with a double clear round in the 13 horse jump-off. This was just .07 of a second behind Patrice Delaveau for France.
Aramis was in the placings again on Sunday. He finished 5th in a very competitive 1.45m jump-off class, where the top 5 were in the same second!
This weekend Cian is on his way to a two star show in Sentower Park, Belgium, to coach Nikki, while the 3 horses will have a well deserved rest.
Good Luck Impresses With A Big Win In Ocala. This rising star tops the leaderboard in style with Cian O’Connor aboard.
The Luck of the Irish: Riding with Olympian Cian O’Connor, by Victoria Waters.
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.
(Besides the London Olympics)
Winning the puissance in Dublin in 2002, jumping 2.25m when last to go on the great Casper and receiving a standing ovation from the amazing home crowd.