Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Up one extra vehicle after Sommerstorf

  • Cian celebrates grand prix victory wearing his new Alessandro Albanese jacket and Horseware jods

Sommerstorf may have been hard to find on Google Maps but we had no problem finding our way home and were up one more vehicle on our return!! I heard of a nice two star show with good ground in the east of Germany so I decided to go and school my horses for the bigger shows coming up, and I planned to not try to win - only train - up until the Grand Prix. There was a Volkswagen GTI to the winner which I had my eyes on from the start.

Acorada only jumped once and was clear and I was very pleased with her - she will be aimed at the speed classes in Aachen in two weeks’ time. Gain Line jumped a super clear in the 1.40m youngster tour on Saturday and he jumps in Fontainebleau next weekend. Apolonia is a new mare to me and looks very exciting. Only 9 yrs old, she jumped the GP qualifier with the last fence down and I look forward to asking a few more questions from her in the coming weeks. Unique, however, is the star of the show. You can nearly put your money on him in 1.50m classes. At the last show in Nörten-Hardenberg he won and was third, and here I aimed him at the GP and he won it in style by almost two seconds. In the process we picked up the GTI Golf which I gave to Frenchy, my groom, as an appreciation for all his dedication and commitment to me and my team over the last 7 years. (Read the article from the Irish Examiner)

We have a few easy days then head for the four star show in Fontainebleau, France where I also take Cooper to give him a few classes ahead of Aachen the week after.

It's all busy and all good - fingers crossed it stays that way!

Best wishes,

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