Cian took four horses with him to the CSIO in Rome, and was travelling there as fifth man for the team, following the recent sale of Larkhill Cruiser.
He was ready with Splendor to step in for the team should he be required but luckily the team of Shane Sweetnam, Billy Twomey, Shane Carey and Cameron Hanley were all fit and well and performed superbly to finish third in the Nations Cup, leaving Ireland top of the leaderboard in the superleague.
Splendor performed well in the two major classes he jumped in, jumping double clear and placing fifth in both of them. On Ira, the 9 yr old French bred stallion (pictured right), was a revelation in his first Puissance competition, and cleared 2m20 and unfortunately just touched off 2m25 to finish second.Temple Road, who Cian was second with in his first Grand Prix the weekend before at Pzorzheim continued his good run of form and was double clear in the 1m50 on the opening day to finish 4th and in his first five star Grand Prix had just two fences down. Cian said at the show: “I was extremely happy with Temple Road this weekend, the Grand Prix in Rome is as big as it gets and although he made a few green mistakes today I have no doubt he will be a lot better for the experience. I will be aiming him at the Global Champions’ Tour in Monte Carlo next month.”