Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Olympia - An Amazing Spectacle!

  • The great Rancorrado at Olympia last week

Hi Everyone,

Just recovering from a long week at London's Olympia. It was an amazing show as always and a packed house from Wednesday through to Monday, the first day being dressage and the other five featuring top world class international show jumping.

It was a fantastic show for me, and my horses performed really well. However but for a little bit of extra luck or one pole less it could have been the show of a lifetime! Baloufina was 5th in one of the opening speed events and placed 2nd in the speed final which I have to say was one of the fastest classes I have ever ridden, and it was won by Geoff Luckett who is famous for his genius work against the clock.

Rancorrado performed outstandingly in the main event on Thursday. He was double clear and finished 3rd and went on to win Friday's 1m60 class, beating Philippe Le Jeune into second place. The World Cup class didn't go our way, the time was extremely tight with only two in the first round getting inside the time allowed and as a result I had to rush the horse and to be honest I didn't give him the best of rides and as a result had a couple down.

I was really keen therefore to jump him in the Grand Prix the following day, for I knew I could ride him better, and he was outstanding, jumped superbly but however touched off the second last fence to come home with four faults. This was an expensive plank because if he'd jumped it I would have been fifth in the Grand Prix and also won the Leading Rider which was worth about 14,000 pounds sterling in total. But that's life and you can't dwell on it and I have to be very happy with my week. I mean, two wins, a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth at this level of show is I suppose not bad going!

Karlswood jumped very well in the Puissance to finish fourth on Friday night and Complete came out on Monday to win the 1m50 Table A speed class in great style and really convincingly.

Happy Christmas to everyone. It's great to be home, and I hope you are too.....

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