Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Big Week Ahead

  • Casper jumping the Puissance at Dublin - the world's greatest show

I had a reasonably quiet weekend, competition-wise. I jumped some of the horses at the South County Show and the rest I kept fresh for Dublin. Mark Kinsella had a good weekend with PS I Love You, placing 3rd and 2nd in the 1m30 class on Saturday and Sunday.

Tomorrow my whole team moves into the RDS. I suppose this is the week we've been working towards and where we all try our best. Dublin Horse Show is in my view the best show in the world by far, for many reasons, most especially because of the electric atmosphere the Irish public creates.

The show kicks off on Wednesday with the international classes and runs right through to Sunday. The main feature of the show is the Aga Khan Trophy on Friday, which is the final leg of the Meydan Nations Cup series.

Of course there's something for everyone - there's national and international jumping, pony jumping, loose jumping, showing, and hunt chasing. It's a great week and being located in the middle of Ballsbridge it's very accessible for bars, restaurants and so on, and I'd encourage as many people as possible to come along and watch. I'd certainly appreciate the support!

Horses I compete will be Rancorrado, Splendor and Baloufina in the international classes and Markopoulo in the national Grand Prix class. Check back during the week for updates on the news page

Best wishes and fingers crossed!

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