Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist


With FEI Equestrian World in Florida

I was delighted to be part of the latest movie in the FEI's Equestrian World series, filmed this time in Florida, from where we've all just returned. It may give you an insight into the famous Winter Equestrian Festival, and some of the people involved with Team Karlswood. Hope you enjoy!

USET Foundation Announces Lillie Keenan as 2016 Maxine Beard Award Winner

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Rider Award is Lillie Keenan. Hailing from New York, Keenan will be adding this award to her already impressive list of show jumping accomplishments.

For the full story click here.

O'Connor takes second place in Florida's Million Dollar Grand Prix

Cian took an impressive second place in the big Million Dollar Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida tonight (Sunday), pocketing 200,000 dollars for his efforts. 

 The Meath-based Olympic bronze medallist rode his top string horse, the ten year-old stallion Good Luck, and produced two faultless rounds that had the capacity crowd on the edge of their seats. Jumping against a 40-strong top international field, O'Connor produced one of only three double clear rounds achieved in the competition, but was just off the pace of eventual winner, Colombia's Roberto Teran and Oklahoma. 

 Afterwards O'Connor said: "I'm thrilled to have finished second here tonight. I've been aiming at this big class since January. I've been campaigning Good Luck very lightly since he arrived in Florida last November, as I want him to peak later in the summer. 

 "He's jumped in just three major Grands Prix since the beginning of the year, and has been clear in all of them, but today's double clear round produced the biggest cheque of all."...

One to Watch: Emily Short

The fresh face is 23-year-old, American rider Emily Short. 

Still an amateur, the native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania graduated from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in May 2015. The following summer, Short decided to further her riding career and joined her trainer, Ireland’s Cian O’Connor, in Europe to compete.

Check out the full story here.

Cian's double clear secures Irish Nations' Cup Win

Cian produced a brilliant double-clear round on Sam du Challois to give Ireland victory in last night's (Friday) Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida. 

 Ireland were level with hosts USA at halfway on zero faults after clears by O'Connor, Conor Swail (Martha Louise) and Shane Sweetnam (Buckle Up). 

 Swail and Sweetnam then had four faults each in the second round, but Richie Moloney (Carrabis Z) added a clear, before O'Connor finished the job with another faultless round to leave Ireland on a total score of four faults, with the USA in second on eight faults....

O'Connor excited by tonight's big Nations' Cup battle in Florida

CIAN O'Connor will be part of the irish team that lines out tonight (Friday) for the $150,000 Nations' Cup competition at Wellington in Florida. 

 The Meath-based rider will be piloting a horse he bought in Paris just last November, the ten year-old Sam du Challois. The pair will make up the anchor leg for Ireland, being last of the four-man team to jump. 

 O'Connor, who was Ireland's Olympic Bronze medallist at London, said from Wellington today: "The horse was spotted by my friend Abdel Said last year, and at the time had only competed nationally in France. I had a look, and thought he showed tremendous potential, so Sam, as we call him, is now on the Karlswood Stables roster. He made his team debut at Ocala in Florida just last month, and delivered a terrific clear second round. I believe he's a good prospect for the future." 

 O'Connor will be joined at tonight's Nations' Cup by fellow Irish riders Conor Swail (Martha Louise), Shane Sweetnam (Buckle Up) and Richie Moloney (Carrabis Z). Ireland is drawn third to jump of seven teams competing, and will be hoping to challenge the United States team, who took the trophy at Wellington last year. The competition starts at midnight Irish time. 

Cian discusses the development of Good Luck, one year on

With the partnership between himself and “Luke” a year old, Cian discusses how his spectacular mount has developed an even better jump to be primed for a competitive year ahead. 

 See the full article on Noelle Floyd's website here.

FEI Decision Upheld in Cian O’Connor Ring Interference Case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the decision of the FEI concerning the protest of Cian O’Connor and Horse Sport Ireland, lodged during the FEI European Championships on August 22, 2015.

Read Noelle Floyd's article here.

Cian and new mount Crespo, clinch Belgian qualifier

Cian and a new mount Crespo, winning the Grand Prix qualifier at Sentower Park in Belgium.
Well done to former Karlswood rider Jack Dodd who finished just behind in 2nd.

Good Placings in Doha

  • Good Luck jumping clear in 1.55m class at GCT Doha

Cian recorded good results with both Super Sox and Good Luck at the Global Tour final in Doha last weekend.

Super Sox was 3rd in the opening 1.45m two-phase and finished 5th in a very fast 1.50m speed class on Saturday. Good Luck was clear in Thursday’s feature 1.55m and with an unlucky rail down 3 from home in the feature grand prix on Saturday, the pair were kept out of contention.

Cian said afterwards, “I’m thrilled with both horses. It would have been nice to be clear in the grand prix but I’m just so happy with how good luck has developed this year. Super Sox, whom I only ride occasionally, as he’s ridden by one of my pupils, really tried his heart out and gave a great account of himself”.

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