- 20 winning teams
- 13 appearances on the Irish team for the Aga Khan trophy in Dublin with 3 wins in 2004, 2012 and 2015
- 2 appearances on the Irish team in 2016 at Ocala and Wellington, Florida, where Ireland won
In Horseware's latest instalment of #makingachampion, we go behind the scenes with 2012 London Olympics Bronze Medallist Cian Oɼonnor. Have a look into his world class equestrian program to see what it takes to get to the top level of the sport, and how Horseware has been a part of that journey....
We had a great week at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS.
Aramis was 1st and 2nd in two international classes, Excellent was 2nd in the 7 and 8 year old qualifier and Good Luck didn't touch a pole all week- he was double clear in the Nation's Cup and 4th in the Grand Prix on Sunday.
Team Ireland finished a close second in the Aga Khan Cup after completing the two rounds on zero faults to tie with Italy.
I was thrilled with Good Luck who jumped two incredible clear rounds. All the team jumped really well and it's great to ride alongside Denis, Greg and Bertram as we are all pulling extremely well together with one ambition - to win.
Denis was given the tough task to be our man in the jump off which was made even harder by the fact that he was drawn first so the Italian jump off rider Piergiorgio Bucci could study his round.
All Star had no fence down on Friday over three rounds but unfortunately a long gallop to the last confused him and he dropped off the bridle and ducked out at the last fence. Sport can be cruel but as a group of riders we all support each other through victory and defeat.
It was an amazing atmosphere and we all did our best.
Good Luck jumped an outstanding clear in Sunday's 200k Longines Grand Prix and despite an over-ambitious turn on my part in the jump off we finished a creditable 4th.
It's always a long and tiring week but it's still one of the best shows in the world largely due to the huge supportive and knowledgable audience who support all the riders not just the Irish!
Cian competed at perhaps the world’s most prestigious show jumping venue this month - Aachen in Germany.
Aachen is not only a five-star venue but boasts one of the biggest arenas in the world, and the reputation for the most difficult courses.
Cian had two wins with Lillie Keenan’s Be Gentle at the show, taking the speed class on Wednesday and following this up with the No.1 placing in the Prize of Sparkasse, which includes hunting elements such as ditches and banks.
In the Grand Prix on Sunday Cian brought out his top horse Good Luck and had a fence off in each round to finish in 14th place.
Cian said afterwards: “I felt our rail in round one was particularly unlucky, as Good Luck barely touched the vertical at the third part of the treble, which rolled backwards out of the cups. He's really learning how to gallop at these big jumps and I feel a big win is just around the corner!”
Cian added: “There are many good horse shows in the world and then there is Aachen - incomparable!”
Cian and Good Luck produced a terrific double clear round at the St. Gallen Grand Prix in Switzerland last Sunday to finish 7th overall. This is the first of two clear rounds.
Cian pulls it out of the bag again! Clear second round with Good Luck at St. Gallen in not the best conditions - Ireland won the Nations' Cup.
Good Luck jumped super today in La Baule Grand Prix but unfortunately tipped the back pole in the middle of the triple. Seven weeks since we jumped, when we were 2nd in the Million Dollar Grand Prix in Florida, and with Lummen cancelled we perhaps needed that round. All attention will now turn to St. Gallen in a few weeks time!
Great work by RTE's Road to Rio crew - I'm looking forward to watching the series on Olympic hopefuls!! Here's a trailer for the series, just in.
I was delighted to be part of the latest movie in the FEI's Equestrian World series, filmed this time in Florida, from where we've all just returned. It may give you an insight into the famous Winter Equestrian Festival, and some of the people involved with Team Karlswood. Hope you enjoy!
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Rider Award is Lillie Keenan. Hailing from New York, Keenan will be adding this award to her already impressive list of show jumping accomplishments.
Cian took an impressive second place in the big Million Dollar Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida tonight (Sunday), pocketing 200,000 dollars for his efforts.
The Meath-based Olympic bronze medallist rode his top string horse, the ten year-old stallion Good Luck, and produced two faultless rounds that had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats. Jumping against a 40-strong top international field, O'Connor produced one of only three double clear rounds achieved in the competition, but was just off the pace of eventual winner, Colombia's Roberto Teran and Oklahoma.
Afterwards O'Connor said: "I'm thrilled to have finished second here tonight. I've been aiming at this big class since January. I've been campaigning Good Luck very lightly since he arrived in Florida last November, as I want him to peak later in the summer.
"He's jumped in just three major Grands Prix since the beginning of the year, and has been clear in all of them, but today's double clear round produced the biggest cheque of all."...
The fresh face is 23-year-old, American rider Emily Short.
Still an amateur, the native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania graduated from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in May 2015. The following summer, Short decided to further her riding career and joined her trainer, Ireland’s Cian O’Connor, in Europe to compete.
Cian produced a brilliant double-clear round on Sam du Challois to give Ireland victory in last night's (Friday) Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida.
Ireland were level with hosts USA at halfway on zero faults after clears by O'Connor, Conor Swail (Martha Louise) and Shane Sweetnam (Buckle Up).
Swail and Sweetnam then had four faults each in the second round, but Richie Moloney (Carrabis Z) added a clear, before O'Connor finished the job with another faultless round to leave Ireland on a total score of four faults, with the USA in second on eight faults....
With the partnership between himself and “Luke” a year old, Cian discusses how his spectacular mount has developed an even better jump to be primed for a competitive year ahead.
Watch Good Luck’s amazing clear in the Furusiyya Nations Cup final in Barcelona.
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.
Cian trains his horses at Karlswood Stables, a world class facility for coaching young and upcoming riders, and for prepping of all classes of showjumping horses. Book a clinic to benefit from Cian's world-class expertise.