Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog

Back to normality!

  • Blue Loyd back at home

It’s been an unbelievable year for me and as things are settling down its nice to look back on the journey that culminated in an individual Olympic Bronze medal. Last weekend was enjoyable as we took 11 horses to Cavan to compete for three days.

It's important for me to concentrate on my younger horses now who hopefully will become international stars for the future that I will both campaign and market for sale on the world stage.

The biggest challenge facing me, like many top riders, is how to have enough top class horses to stay at the highest level.

I'm fortunate to have had great supporters and with their help bought top quality horses over the last number of years but if I am to become number one in the world then I need to have five Blue Loyds at any one time so that I can compete more frequently on several horses at the biggest shows.

Unlike many other riders who I respect greatly I have never found a patron per se who would purchase horses to just keep. I have however successfully managed to take a more businesslike approach by putting together syndicates who would purchase a horse for me to improve, compete and then sell for profit.

I would love to take this to the next level by putting together an elite show jumping fund where I would have multiple investors and therefore increase the number of top horses that I could have at any one time. This job has many facets and now that I have done my talking in the ring on the world stage it's time to capitalise on that by ensuring that I remain at the top of the sport in the future.

This week I'm out of the country meeting clients and coaching. Work goes on harder than ever, now is not the time to rest on my laurels! Back to normality- whatever that is!!

Best wishes,


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