They were a successful bronze-medal winning partnership in last year's London's Olympics, and reunited today, Cian O'Connor and Blue Loyd took the RDS by storm to win the Grand Prix on the last day of competition at the Dublin Horse Show. In a field of 40 riders, the pair recorded a lightning fast time and a double clear early on. The nearest challenger was the Ukraine's Ulrich Kirchhoff riding Carlina, the only other pair with a double clear. But Cian's time proved hard to beat and Kirchhoff finished in second place a full 4 seconds behind. Ben Maher of Great Britain finished in 3rd with one fence down.
Cian had this to say after his victory in Dublin:
A day I will never forget! Blue Loyd and I won the 5star Grand Prix at CSIO Dublin today against a world class field. It was an amazing experience that I will cherish forever. Last year we came close when finishing third and I'm so grateful to Nikki for allowing me ride Loyd again in Dublin this year. The audience were amazing - it was like a fairytale end to an outstanding horse show week!
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