Cian and his stable rider Mark Kinsella demonstrated today their level of professionalism, commitment and hard work - everyone wants to shine at the RDS and the two lads certainly did!
In the opening international class Cian placed 3rd with Splendor and in the speed Qualifier 2nd with Baloufina. Mark won the 6 yr-old Qualifier on Arabella and topped the evening off by winning the National Grand Prix Qualifier on the experienced Irish Independent Echo Beach.
Cian said afterwards: "I'm thrilled with the first day at the show. The weather was fantastic and that makes all the difference. All my horses jumped really well, which gives me great confidence for the week ahead.
"I was possibly even more thrilled to see Mark win the two Qualifiers in Simmonscourt. He has worked really hard over the past while, and it's great to see him develop into a top rider."