Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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A Week Is A Long Time In Show Jumping!

  • Lady Chryss O'Reilly with Queen Elizabeth at the Irish National Stud last week

Hey everyone

A lot has happened in the past week. Ireland was the host to both the Queen of England and President Obama - both visits were handled extremely well and looked well for Ireland worldwide.

I sold Larkhill Cruiser, my Super League horse from La Baule and was second in the Grand Prix last Sunday in my first show with Temple Road - and Ruth has set up a Facebook page for me!! It's all go.

Larkhill Cruiser has been a wonderful horse for me and I've no doubt will be very successful for his new rider Abdullah al Sharbatly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who will be keeping the Irish flag flying in arenas throughout the world.

Shane Carey produced Temple Road (pictured left), a nine year old gelding, for me over the last two years. Pforzheim last weekend was my first international outing with the horse and he jumped superbly in the Grand Prix. We were double clear and finished second. He is probably the most careful horse I have ever ridden and will do some very big things, very shortly.

Temple Road, Splendor, Ballymore Eustace and Onira left Frankfurt last night for Rome, and we start jumping there on Thursday. Today I'm just chilling and catching up on emails.

I have succumbed to the pressure of Facebook and you can check it out on this link.

Check back next week for more news, and I'm told there are 220 days to my wedding - it's great to be busy!

Best wishes,

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