Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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La Baule - A Classical Event

  • Complete delivers his clear round during the Meydan Nations' Cup

The seaside village of La Baule is quite simply special. The riders stay at l'Hermitage Hotel overlooking the beach compliments of the CSIO organisers. The show is then a five minute walk away, where they have built brand new state of the art stables and also a fantastic new warming-up arena.

When you go to a show like this you come away thinking you cannot beat a good grass surface, as there's something traditional about jumping these big classes on grass.

It was nice to see Irish support at the show and it makes a great difference to the riders to see the flag in the stand, especially on Nations' Cup day.

I was pleased with my week overall. Baloufina won a class and was third in another. Complete jumped a superb clear in the Meydan Nations' Cup.

Team jumping is very special, but there's no 'i' in the word team and it's about everybody doing their best on the day. The great thing about Nations' Cups is that every score counts towards the result. I've had days when I've been the discard and people have bailed me out by jumping clears, and on this occasion it was my turn. That is the nature of team jumping - everyone tries to support one another.

I feel that there are strong combinations developing in the squad which will give Robert Splaine the ammunition to make a plan of attack for Nations' Cup shows coming up in the future.

I'm in the middle of giving a two-day clinic in Madrid before moving up to the Club de Campo where I will compete in the CSI5* with Complete, Splendor and PS I love You.

Check back over the weekend on the news page to see how I'm getting on.

Best wishes,

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