Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist


Karlswood team finish well at Magna!

  • Cooper jumps a clear round in Friday's 1.50m qualifierMagna Racino, Austria
The final week of the Magna Racino tour finished well for my team and I. Trebox Acorada got things well underway when winning Thursday's 1.40m two phase class. Unique followed up with a double clear to finish 6th in the Grand Prix Qualifier the same day. Ross was also double clear in the Grand Prix Qualifier with Carpe Diem which meant he was qualified for his first 3 star 1.55m GP!

Cooper jumped an outstanding clear in Friday's 1.50m qualifier and was really the talking horse of the tournament. His relaxed attitude yet sheer power off the floor really catches everyone's eye. On Sunday morning Nikki jumped a superb clear with Blue Loyd in the Small GP 1.45m final. The pair are really gelling together and it’s lovely to see Loyd so happy and well. Unique won this class and I have to say I don't think I have ever ridden a jump off as quickly as that! See video here.

In the final GP, Ross had an unlucky back rail with Carpe Diem but rode superbly. Cooper gave an exhibition of jumping but showed a little greenness in rideability on a short distance to the last fence which he rubbed off. Overall a very productive two weeks for us all. Next stop Wiesbaden, Germany (17 – 20 May) where I take Cooper and Unique and Nikki rides Blue Loyd and High Yummy.

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