Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Survived To Tell The Tale!

  • Echo Beach gave me a win on the first day at Lummen

Hi Everyone

Just now on the flight from Brussels heading home after a long week in Lummen. When I say long I mean because the days were long and there were so many horses in each class it become quite tiring.

My horses jumped well and were well placed, including a win for Echo Beach (see the News Page), however the Nations Cup is one I'd prefer to forget!

I was jumping Splendor in the Nations' Cup on Friday and he had been jumping so well previously - he won the 1m40 in Dundalk last weekend, and he jumped clear in the 1m50 on the first day at Lummen. However in the Nations' Cup he spooked at the treble. When he took this aversion I banged my chin off his neck in the process and had to get five stitches, something I was less than happy about, but I did survive to tell the tale!

However, the lads went on to finish a very creditable 3rd, and I felt a bit better to learn that even if I had jumped a double clear we would only have improved one place and finished second, so that gave me some solace.

I'm back home for a few days, and will be at Coilog to watch the Premier Grand Prix tomorrow. I fly to Valencia on Thursday for the Global Champions Tour where I will compete Complete and Baloufina.

Bring you a full report this day next week. Have a good one.

Best wishes,

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