Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Maubeuge - Nothing To Write Home About!

  • Trebox Acorada

Hey everyone

I’ve just arrived to the new stable that I'm basing at for the summer near Frankfurt. It was just a three hour drive from Maubeuge in France.

Mark and Jessica are already here with K Club Lady, Ballymore Eustace and Onira. Frenchy comes tonight with Larkhill Cruiser, Acorada and Splendor. It'll be like a home from home!

The opening day in Maubeuge all the horses jumped great. I just schooled Splendor and Acorada in the small classes and Joey had a fence down in the big class which left me just two places outside qualifying for the Grand Prix. I wasn't too upset as I had just planned to use it as a building up show to La Baule in two weeks’ time. Today in the 1m40 Splendor again jumped a super clear and Acorada placed fourth in the same class.

Most places aren't nice when its raining but this spot took the biscuit. After doing so many top shows perhaps one gets spoilt but the ground in the warm up ring was simply not safe to warm up on. So much so I didn't even start two of the classes on Saturday.

Like most small towns in France the hotel was moderate at best! So suffice to say it won't be on our shortlist for the honeymoon!!!

I will work here near Frankfurt for the next week and then the show moves to La Baule.

Check back next Sunday to see how our first week in Germany went.

Cheers.

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