Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Reasonable start to series

  • In action at La Baule

Hey everyone,

La Baule was always going to be a tough show with high expectations following our victory there last year.

All the horses in the team jumped really well but unfortunately we gave away a couple of easy fences in the opening round which made it hard to climb back in the second round despite clears from myself and Jessica. (See news story HERE)

I was very pleased with Blue Loyd as we are still getting used to each other at the highest level but he felt easy around the whole course. In round one I rode too quick to the treble and knocked the vertical going in but in the second round we were more relaxed together and jumped a super clear.

Da Vinci’s Pride was fourth in a fast 1.50m class on Friday morning and KEC Alligator Alley jumped clear in Thursday’s Grand Prix qualifier and had just one fence down in his first 5 star Grand Prix on Sunday which I was very pleased with.

The horses and myself drove to Belguim last night where they will have a weeks rest ahead of the Rome leg of the series in 10 days’ time.

All in all it was a productive show that I feel we will all build on.

Chat soon,

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