Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist


Cian Lands Leading Rider Title In Dubai Championships

Following on from his win with Larkhill Cruiser in the Grand Prix Qualifier, Cian won Saturday's Accumulator with Arabella.

Cian saw this mare as a four year old when ridden by Sheila White and purchased half the mare from her breeder Mary Hughes. His rider Mark Kinsella brought Arabella up the grades and Cian just took over the ride in the past few months.

Larkhill Cruiser went on to place fifth in the Grand Prix for Cian when jumping four and clear over the two rounds, which helped clinch the Leading Rider of the Show award for Cian.

Also in the Grand Prix, Splendor finished second with his new rider, Ahmed Tolba, from Egypt. Cian said afterwards: "The main reason I came to the shows here in the UAE was to give clinics and most especially take care of Ahmed and ensure that he and Splendor gelled well together. It is a fantastic result for Ahmed and I'm very pleased to have played my small part.

"In addition both the horses that I jumped are Irish bred and both won a class in the first week of the tour. It's early days, but I couldn't have asked for a better start."

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