A very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my Karlswood staff, my owners, my sponsors, my supporters - and of course let’s not forget my wonderful horses!
I'm delighted to have won the International Showjumper of the Year award which was presented at the Showjumpers Awards Ball tonight in Kildare.
I feel so fortunate to have a top class team of people behind me and great horses and owners without whom my successes would not be possible.
Unfortunately as I'm jumping in Geneva this weekend I could not attend tonight’s awards.
Below is my summary of key results during 2016 which I think helped to clinch the award:
• Two top placings in 5 star Grands Prix in Wellington, 5th and 8th with Good Luck
• Double clear on winning Irish team Wellington with Sam du Challois
• 2nd in the one million dollar Grand Prix Ocala with Good Luck
• Member of winning team St Gallen with Good Luck
• Double clear 7th St. Gallen Grand Prix with Good Luck
• Double clear 6th Knokke Belgium 5 star Grand Prix Good Luck
• Winner of two international classes at the prestigious Aachen show with Be Gentle
• Won opening international class at RDS with Aramis
• Double clear on the Aga Khan with Good Luck - team finished second
• 4th Dublin Grand Prix with Good Luck
• Winner of a feature jump off class 5 star Spruce Meadows Calgary with Callisto
• Winner of Grand Prix Horse of the Year Show Birmingham with Super Sox
• Winner of International class at Doha Global Tour Final with Callisto
• 3rd in the Stuttgart World Cup with Good Luck
• Member of 110 senior teams to date.
In Horseware's latest instalment of #makingachampion, we go behind the scenes with 2012 London Olympics Bronze Medallist Cian Oɼonnor. Have a look into his world class equestrian program to see what it takes to get to the top level of the sport, and how Horseware has been a part of that journey....
We had a great week at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS.
Aramis was 1st and 2nd in two international classes, Excellent was 2nd in the 7 and 8 year old qualifier and Good Luck didn't touch a pole all week- he was double clear in the Nation's Cup and 4th in the Grand Prix on Sunday.
Team Ireland finished a close second in the Aga Khan Cup after completing the two rounds on zero faults to tie with Italy.
I was thrilled with Good Luck who jumped two incredible clear rounds. All the team jumped really well and it's great to ride alongside Denis, Greg and Bertram as we are all pulling extremely well together with one ambition - to win.
Denis was given the tough task to be our man in the jump off which was made even harder by the fact that he was drawn first so the Italian jump off rider Piergiorgio Bucci could study his round.
All Star had no fence down on Friday over three rounds but unfortunately a long gallop to the last confused him and he dropped off the bridle and ducked out at the last fence. Sport can be cruel but as a group of riders we all support each other through victory and defeat.
It was an amazing atmosphere and we all did our best.
Good Luck jumped an outstanding clear in Sunday's 200k Longines Grand Prix and despite an over-ambitious turn on my part in the jump off we finished a creditable 4th.
It's always a long and tiring week but it's still one of the best shows in the world largely due to the huge supportive and knowledgable audience who support all the riders not just the Irish!
Cian competed at perhaps the world’s most prestigious show jumping venue this month - Aachen in Germany.
Aachen is not only a five-star venue but boasts one of the biggest arenas in the world, and the reputation for the most difficult courses.
Cian had two wins with Lillie Keenan’s Be Gentle at the show, taking the speed class on Wednesday and following this up with the No.1 placing in the Prize of Sparkasse, which includes hunting elements such as ditches and banks.
In the Grand Prix on Sunday Cian brought out his top horse Good Luck and had a fence off in each round to finish in 14th place.
Cian said afterwards: “I felt our rail in round one was particularly unlucky, as Good Luck barely touched the vertical at the third part of the treble, which rolled backwards out of the cups. He's really learning how to gallop at these big jumps and I feel a big win is just around the corner!”
Cian added: “There are many good horse shows in the world and then there is Aachen - incomparable!”
Cian and Good Luck produce another Grand Prix double clear, this time at five-star Knokke in Belgium
Cian and Good Luck produced a terrific double clear round at the St. Gallen Grand Prix in Switzerland last Sunday to finish 7th overall. This is the first of two clear rounds.
Cian pulls it out of the bag again! Clear second round with Good Luck at St. Gallen in not the best conditions - Ireland won the Nations' Cup.
Good Luck jumped super today in La Baule Grand Prix but unfortunately tipped the back pole in the middle of the triple. Seven weeks since we jumped, when we were 2nd in the Million Dollar Grand Prix in Florida, and with Lummen cancelled we perhaps needed that round. All attention will now turn to St. Gallen in a few weeks time!
Great work by RTE's Road to Rio crew - I'm looking forward to watching the series on Olympic hopefuls!! Here's a trailer for the series, just in.