Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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High hopes!

  • Quidam's Cherie placed 3rd in the 4* Grand Prix

Hey Everyone,

This sport is all about hopes and dreams. We all lose far more classes than we win, so it’s very rewarding when things go well, and the good days should all just be appreciated and enjoyed. 

The 12 week tour in Wellington is very long, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s early in the season and be cautious about over-jumping. My main horse is Quidam's Cherie, and since I got her - 10 weeks ago - I set my sights on this weekend, and, more specifically, the Nation’s Cup and the Grand Prix in Wellington. I knew I’d need time to educate and get the hang of her, but I reckoned she could move up a gear by now.

Luckily, we got it right, and the mare was superb in both classes (see news article), culminating in a double clear and 3rd place finish in the $150,000 Grand Prix (see the video). I have to say that I could not have done it all on my own and I'm extremely grateful to all my owners and sponsors, without whose support any success would be impossible. I'm very fortunate to have a great team of staff behind me and it’s really satisfying to see them enjoy and get a kick out of the good days as much as I do. We riders are so fortunate to work in a job that we love and enjoy, so much so that it doesn’t feel like work! 

Time to set new goals and targets so the dream stays alive - high hopes indeed!!

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