Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Geneva - A Classy Event

  • In action with Umberto in the Geneva Derby

Hi everyone,

The World Cup show in Geneva is without doubt one of the biggest and best indoors in the world. It is staged in the Pal Expo arena, just minutes from the main airport and the riders’ hotel is right outside the arena. This year the show added a few extra classes to their schedule which gave great diversity for the spectators.

All my horses jumped really well. Larkhill Cruiser was in the winners' enclosure when I was part of a winning European team in a groups competition. He jumped great and was so fast against the clock.

Umberto won the feature class on Saturday. The speed derby in Geneva is the only indoor show I know of, that has a lake at one end of the arena and in this class we have to gallop through it. Great craic and the crowd loved it. It was a serious class though with 8,000 Swiss francs to the winner and 50 valuable world ranking points.

I also partnered Asturias to equal third in the Puissance, clearing 6 feet 6 inches- not bad for his first puissance. My most pleasing result came in the feature class of the weekend - the Rolex World Cup. It was a really tough track and Splendor jumped his socks off for just four faults to place 11th.

It's always exciting when you have new horses to ride and see how they improve and develop with good mileage.

Home just for a day then pack the suitcase again for London. The horses get there Wednesday and the international action gets under way on Thursday. It's always a great show and I'll certainly be trying to pick up a few ribbons before the Christmas break.

Check back on my home page during the week for a list of coverage of Olympia.

Best wishes,

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