Cian's horses left Deauville on Wednesday to join Team Ireland for the 2014 Furusiyya Nations Cup event in La Baule, France.
The first day went well - Cian rode his 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winning mount, Blue Loyd, jumping clear in the 1.40m, and Quidam's Cherie, did the same in the 1.50m.
The Nations Cup team for the CSIO5* event was Denis Lynch on All Star, Cameron Hanley on Antello Z, Billy Twomey on Diaghilev and Cian O'Connor on Quidam's Cherie and Blue Loyd. Ireland started fourth out of eight, with clear rounds for Billy, Denis and Cian. Cian, on Quidam’s Cherie, went clear in the second round, helping Team Ireland to finish in joint third place with Team GBR.
Cian rode Blue Loyd again on Sunday with only two down in the €200,000 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix.
Cian said he was pleased with the overall results at La Baule, adding "Blue Loyd was clear in two smaller classes during the week and had two down in today's 1.60m Grand Prix. He jumped really well, but he hasn't jumped a track as big and as wide since last August in Dublin, so needless to say he needed the run, which he will come on from over the next few weeks... Quidam’s Cherie was super in the Nation's Cup and I'm so pleased with how she's turning out!"
Cian also had an excellent result from his new mount, Ghana, an 8yr old mare by Vigo x Cash, jumping double clear in the ranking class. She joined the Karlswood stable only last week heading straight into her first competition at La Baule.
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.