Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog

Hoys - A Cracking Week's Action

  • With Baloufina at NEC, Birmingham

The Horse of the Year Show at the NEC Birmingham concluded on Sunday. It was a very successful week for the show, with superb coverage by Sky Sports really making the event accessible to millions of homes around the world. It reminds me once again how important tv coverage is and the power that it has. It is something we must endeavour to do within the sport - to get as much tv coverage as possible in order to source new sponsors and to give something back to the ones we have.

Overall for me I had quite a good weekend. Splendor was placed three times, Complete twice and Baloufina finished a close second in one of the big money classes of the week - the Speed Horse Championship. She jumped an amazing round, very fast, and was just pipped at the post by Ellen Whitaker by .4 of a second.

Back at home this weekend I will jump Rancorrado and Markopoulo at the Grand Prix in Cavan. Rancorrado has had just a month off since Spruce Meadows and I want to get him going indoors to be ready for the Lyon and Verona World Cups which are coming up back to back over the next few weeks.

Check back next week for more news.

Best wishes,

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