Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog

Tripoli - A Worthwhile Experience

  • Winning the Grand Prix in Tripoli with Irish Independent Echo Beach

Hi everyone

I'm just enjoying my weekend off at home following my three days in Tripoli last Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. I received an invitation from the Libyan Federation through an Irish-based company called LibDevCo, which I was delighted to accept, and I must say the people, both spectators and organisers, were very welcoming.

The weather was beautiful and I stayed in the centre of the city which is very interesting to walk round and see a completely different culture. I really enjoyed my few days in Libya and the horses jumped really well. Splendor won a class, Echo Beach was second in the Grand Prix qualifier and then won the Grand Prix, following which I received a very special and prolonged ovation from the crowd.

I returned to Ireland on Friday where I joined William Micklem at an evening that he called 'The Go Rules' which was in aid of the training fund for Paralympian Joan Salmon and which was held in Spruce Lodge in Co. Wicklow. Joan Keogh's new place is a fantastic venue and I was delighted to be a part of a very special evening, and where I spoke about my own experiences. When you hear the story of Joan Salmon it makes you realise what a wonderful person she is and explains why she is an inspiration to many.

On Saturday my older sister Susanna got married in Dublin and she went off on her honeymoon today, so that was a busy and enjoyable few days.

My truck is leaving tonight for Lyon in France where I will compete Rancorrado, Complete and Irish Independent Echo Beach. That show begins on Friday. Check back on Monday for more news.

Best wishes,

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