Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog

The Flag Flies High In Finland

Hi Everyone

Just sitting at home after enjoying a lovely barbecue on Father's Day with my dad and sisters. It was great to hear the news coming in of the Irish team winning the Nations' Cup at Ypaja in Finland.

Joan Greene, Alexander Butler, Edward Little and Tholm Keane finished on a total of 5 faults which was enough to clinch victory ahead of the Belgians on 8 faults. This is a great victory for so many reasons.

All these riders jump mainly on the national circuit and work tirelessly producing and competing horses. It's a great reward for them and indeed as far as I know all four were riding horses belonging to owners, so this gives those owners a terrific boost.

I mean, it's nice to win national Grands Prix but I'm sure the four riders will agree there's nothing that comes close to the pressure of a Nations' Cup, and the pride and delight when things go according to plan and the green white and gold is raised.

Fair play to Paraic Geraghty (the chef d'equipe of the second team). He puts in a lot of work and effort and is so motivated and driven for the team to do well.

A rising tide lifts all ships - well done to all concerned.

I fly out to Holland on Wednesday and I'll be competing over the weekend at the 2 star show at Hoofddorp. K Club Lady has had two weeks off after her super second place performance in the Grand Prix at St. Gallen. I plan to just school her this week in two 1m40 classes in  preparation for the Global Champions Tour competition in Estoril, Portugal, the following weekend.

It promises to be a busy weekend for me as Mark Kinsella is also going to be in action with Splendor and Irish Independent Echo Beach and I'm coaching an Egyptian boy, Ahmed Tolba, who's based with me in Europe for the summer, and he will also line out with two horses.

Check back next week for more news.

Best wishes,

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