Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Barcelona - One Of The Greatest!

  • The Real Club de Polo as seen from the air

Hey, everyone.

I forgot just how good this historic show is, set in the middle of Barcelona city in the beautiful Real Polo Club.

Both my horses were in great form and earned their keep. Ballymore Eustace was second and sixth in the middle classes and Carpe Diem was second in the Grand Prix qualifier and fifth in the Grand Prix. Im so happy how he’s developing as it was still only our third show together.

The main topic of conversation over there from my international peers was how devastating it is that Ireland didn't qualify for London. It’s a topic I have tried hard to keep my opinions to myself on as I don’t feel it is helpful to the sport to add fuel to the fire.

However, when one comes home to hear and read the tripe and spin, from even some of the riders, it really sickens me. Head down for the moment but at some stage it may be necessary to lay out the facts to put an end to the gross inaccuracy and misinformation that is being thrown about presently.

Im so excited to be going away tomorrow for a week’s holidays away from horses. Im sure after two days I’ll be itching to get back but it’s nice to re- charge the batteries now and again!!

On my return I travel to the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham and I will keep you posted how that goes

Best wishes,

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