Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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St. Gallen - Happy Hunting Ground For The Irish

  • Irish Independent Echo Beach, who had a win and a second place at St. Gallen

St. Gallen proved to be a good show overall for the Irish, with a win and two top three places to my credit, the Leading Rider title to Denis Lynch, and Billy Twomey landing the Grand Prix. Interestingly enough, the last time the Grand Prix was won here by an Irish rider it was our chef d'equipe Robert Splaine in 2003. Last Sunday it was Billy Twomey's turn when he and Je T'Aime Flemenco produced the only double clear round of the day.

I was pleased with my week overall, unfortunately however I was unable to start in the Grand Prix due to Complete's over-reach injury during the Nations' Cup which prevented him taking part in the second round. Baloufina was second in the opening competition, Irish Independent Echo Beach won the 1m45 Two Phase on Thursday and then came out to place second in the 1m45 Table A on Friday.

Over the next two weeks I jump in two shows in Germany - Balve and Norten Hardenburg - where I'll use Rancorrado as my main horse with the aim of building him towards the Nations' Cup in Aachen at the beginning of July.

St. Gallen show also saw a farewell to legendary Swiss rider Marcus Fuchs, a wonderful ambassador for the sport. Marcus will have inspired many riders, including myself, with his determined style of riding and his commitment to win.

Have a good week, and check back here on Monday for more.

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