Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Dundalk - Perfect Warm Up

Hey Everyone,

Despite the cold weather and showers it was a great first day to the Horseware show in Louth last Saturday. I jumped three horses in the opening leg of the National Grand Prix and, with 100 starters, the course designer, Tom Holden, did a superb job to get just 15 clear rounds. Quidam's Flower jumped a super clear but picked up one time fault - so pleased with her as it was our first GP together and she's only 8 yrs old. Quidam's Cherie jumped a smooth clear and as she was the only one that I was jumping in the 1.50m Grand Prix the next day, I opted not to jump her off. Blue Loyd shows no signs of his 14 years’ young and jumped out of his skin and was double clear. A good start to what will hopefully be a good season with these three great horses!! (See video of Quidam's Flower).

On Sunday, Quidam's Cherie was 4th in the 1.50m opening leg of the National Premier series in Dundalk. Great clear in the first round over a difficult track and an unlucky rub in the jump off for four faults, but I feel this show should set her up well for international travel starting this week. Full marks and well done to Kenny Graham who took top spot - delighted for him as he has worked very hard.

This coming weekend I will be jumping Quidam’s Flower, Quidam’s Cherie and Blue Loyd in Fontainebleau, France. (See Tour Calendar)

Check back next week for more news.

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