Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Irish Demonstrations - A Great Success

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Hi everyone

I've just finished doing two demonstrations, one in Killarney at Woodlands Equestrian Centre and one in Sligo at Keash Equestrian Centre.

Both venues were very well attended, and along with Mark Kinsella we put on a 90 minute display showing three different horses. The message I tried to get across during the demonstrations was to practice good quality work and doing the basics well would lead without doubt to further success.

One of the common questions that came up at both venues was that people asked me what were the correct distances to build between grids at home and in general there seemed to be a need for more information to help people with regard to building fences in the correct place.

Because of this, I have decided to make a new page on the website offering various exercises and giving a general guide as to the distances that should be built. The only problem now is finding time to do it!

I expect it should be up within the next fortnight.

Workshop 3, which I ran at Waterside on February 13 was a great success with 20 participants taking part. Everyone had a lesson from me, an indoor session with Johnny O'Connell working on strengths and weaknesses, and there was also a module with Liam Moggan, sports psychologist.

In the afternoon, following lunch, I gave a tour of the stable and then I put Mark Kinsella through his paces on the very impressive 8 year-old Sandy Lane. The participants were then treated to a unique presentation by William Micklem and a talk from leading racehorse trainer Jim Bolger.

Overall it was an action-packed day and the feedback was very positive. I have only five places left for the next Workshop 3 which will be the exact same format as above, on Saturday April 10th, so if you're interested drop me an email to reserve your place.

Check back next week for more news as I head off on an interesting adventure this Monday.

Best wishes,

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