Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist


Cian second in Hoys Grand Prix

Cian partnered Dual Star, Carolus and Cooper at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham last weekend. All three horses jumped well with Carolus having just one down in Saturday’s 1.55m jump off class. Dual Star was 4th in Friday’s 1.45m speed but Cooper was the star of the weekend. The pair were clear in Thursday’s GP qualifier and on Friday night had just the last fence down.

Sunday’s GP at Hoys is always hotly contested and with Bob Ellis building a serious test there were just three clear in round one - Cian, Billy Twomey and Julien Epaillard. 25% came back for the jump off but Cian and Cooper were first in of the clears and opted for a steady round to put the pressure on. Julien tried a tight turn to fence three but paid the price when knocking it down and Billy produced a sharp clear when last to go with the ever reliable Tinka’s Serenade to clinch victory.

Cian said afterwards, “I’m absolutely delighted with Cooper. He was pure class here tonight. He’s an outstanding horse with a big future." 

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