Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog

Hectic Weekend!

  • Rachel Wyse calls me back for my interview at the Awards Ball.
  • My friend and owner Aileen Bryan (right) shares a joke with Finland's Mikaela Waller, who trains with me
  • Denis Flannelly at the dressage demonstration at Kill

Hi Everyone

Just running around like a lunatic trying to get all the office work done before I leave for Geneva. Had a busy but enjoyable weekend. Friday night was the Horse Sport Ireland demonstration at Kill with Gisela, Heike and Erik Holstein. The feedback was very positive with a great number of people in attendance. I really enjoyed doing it. Everyone was very positive, my horses were super and performed really well, and it was great to be able to share knowledge with a lot of enthusiastic horse people who gave up watching tv's Late Late Show to be there!

Saturday night was a bit more relaxed and went on into the early hours. It was the Show Jumpers' Club Awards Ball. I was very honoured to receive an award for winning the Autumn Grand Prix League. I said on the night that this was thanks to my string of horses, the owners who have supported me, and indeed my great team of staff without whom I'd be lost. Rachel Wyse was co-hosting the awards and that got a bit of a laugh as I mistakenly walked off after she'd given me the trophy and she had to call me back for my interview. And then when that was finished she said - "Ok you can go now."

Rachel did a really good job of presenting the night and I think she has a great career ahead of her. I took a table at the ball and invited some of my close friends and some of the gang who work with me. Kilashee House Hotel was the venue. Anyway that's enough socialising for me for a while as I'm off to Geneva to do some real work. I see I'm up to 41st in the Rolex World Rankings and I aim to maximise on that and maybe climb a bit higher. Better get back to work - only 40 more places to go!

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