Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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A Strong Performance At Piazza Di Siena

  • Pictured beside the imposing Meydan fence during the course walk at the Nations' Cup in Rome

Hi Everyone,

The Piazza di Siena is situated just off Villa Borghese right in the heart of Rome city. This historical venue has a magical feel about it and there's something very special about competing in the middle of a city. In fact, every time you want to ride the horses from the stables to the main ring, you must ride straight across a roundabout and negotiate the traffic, which is trying be kept under control by the carabinieri and their whistles!

The Nations' Cup is always the highlight of these shows and it's vital that we put our best foot forward and get the best possible result. This year there are ten teams in the Meydan Series and four will be relegated and two promoted from the Promotional League.

With this in mind it's necessary to stay in the top half of the leaderboard so as to keep out of the relegation zone. The team finished joint third last Friday with Cameron Hanley jumping 8/0, Darragh Kenny 4/8, myself 4/0 and Billy Twomey 0/4.

It was a tough battle but it was great that everyone's score counted at least once and I was especially delighted with K Club Lady on her Nations' Cup debut. She jumped the course effortlessly and was unfazed despite this being the biggest test in her career to date.

Complete jumped super throughout the weekend, placing twice and I feel will be ready for some bigger classes again in the coming weeks.

This week the show moves to St. Gallen in Switzerland where I will jump K Club Lady, Irish Independent Echo Beach and Complete.

Please check out the Movie page for footage from Rome.

Best wishes,

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