Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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No Wages In Hamburg!

  • The carriage used during the prizegiving ceremony at Hamburg

Hi Everyone,

Just got back from Hamburg where I only brought K Club Lady, but we had two down in the Global Champions Tour on Saturday.

The mare actually jumped great but it's only our second Grand Prix at this level and we are still getting to know each other. At one of the faults I used too much leg which got her too forward at a vertical and at the other mistake I maybe didn’t use enough leg and chipped a back pole.

It's kind of frustrating to be jumping the hard stuff so well and yet making little errors. However as I said before a new partnership takes time to develop and we are jumping the biggest tracks in the game so I'm very confident as we gel together the double clear rounds will follow at this level.

I was surprised at the show to be quite honest. I mean it's a major historical event in the show jumping calendar with the famous Hamburg Derby, which took place yesterday, but I suppose because Aachen is such an amazing event I was expecting something similar here.

The whole place had a rather agricultural feel about it, the stable area was untidy, ground not great in either the work arena or the main ring and the warm up quite small for a show of this size. It was fine, I'm not cribbing, just calling it as I saw it.

It's a great shame that the powers that be allowed a Global Tour to clash with the Meydan Nations Cup in La Baule. Competition is good and what the Global Champions Tour and Jan Tops have done for the sport has without doubt revolutionised show jumping and added great prestige to the game.

However the FEI should not allow the Meydan series to become the riders' second choice and therefore they must look at ways of making those shows even more attractive to the top riders. Prize money, ranking points and perhaps slightly reducing the heights of the Nations' Cups which had the reputation heretofore of being the biggest test with not necessarily the biggest pot.

Next weekend I give K Club Lady a week off while Complete and Irish Independent Echo Beach jump at a small international show in Zelham, Holland.

Rancorrado arrived to my base in Holland last week. He's in great form after his break and I will start to jump him at home this week and plan to compete him next month. Looking forward to jumping him again and I would like to build him towards the Nations' Cup in Aachen in July.

Check back next week for more news.

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