Cian O'Connor
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Out of the Saddle


Cian’s reputation as a coach is recognised internationally. The skills he imparts and the approach he adopts has seen him mould raw amateurs to potential world champions – as he shares the insights that have taken him to the very top of his sport.

As Cian says, “The same rules apply, whether your biggest target-track stands at 90cm or 1.60m. It’s about getting the best from yourself and your horse, and committing yourself to a training programme that will take you all the way.”

It’s no surprise that Cian has already established a tremendous reputation for his coaching clinics in Ireland, the USA, the Middle East and China. Working with students across the world he has helped build on their strengths and work on areas where their equestrian skills are in need of improvement.

As Cian explains, “We all benefit from training, no matter what level we are competing at. With horses we never stop learning.”

Crucial to Cian’s approach is how he examines the always critical relationship between horse and rider, encouraging an all-encompassing understanding of the horse’s ability and potential. Students learn to measure the distances on course-walks according to the stride-pattern of their individual mount. As Cian points out, “Every horse is different and has his own way of going, so you need to be able to translate that into a smooth ride around the track when your turn comes.”

Whether coaching groups or individuals, Cian will discuss your personal goals and ambitions with you, then devise a training plan that will take you all the way.