With Captain Michael Kelly joining the Karlswood Team here in Meath, Cian took the opportunity to draw out his plans for the year ahead.
Michael will assist in expanding the business by coaching clients and sourcing new horses. John Tynan quotes Cian, saying, "We have three clients from North America at present and, with the addition of Michael to the team, I will be in a position to take on more. He is trustworthy, dedicated and a bit like me in that he’s a workaholic, plus, he’s very genuine and a good coach."
"Sourcing horses for clients is a big part of our business, but I like to think that it’s the after-sales service that sets us apart: We coach and plan clients’ careers, it’s a complete package."
Cian is currently helping Nikki Walker prepare for the Canadian championships in advance of the World Cup in Toronto. Nikki's grandfather is Frank Stronach, owner of Cian's number one horse, Good Luck. An exciting new nine year old stallion, Sam du Challois, has also been purchased.
"He will be used as back up for Good Luck, while increasing his value, plus he will help me in my plan to be in the top 30 in the world rankings by April."
Cian is still seeking another horse, either to compete for an owner or to purchase for himself.
Meanwhile, Good Luck has had a good break since the Furusiyya Series final in Barcelona and will fly with Cian from Canada to the final of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha in two weeks' time. This will be Cian's first time at the final so he is super excited. Super Sox will be his second horse.
The horses will then fly out to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida where they must undergo 35 days' quarantine which will serve as their winter break. John Tynan writes that Cian will more than likely use Good Luck for only four grands prix in Florida, as his main focus will be on getting to the Rio Olympics next year.
"Obviously, we have to go through the appeal process, but that doesn’t stop me from planning, you just never know what will happen. Anyway, I think we will win the case. The ultimate goal is to have an Irish team at Rio."
Read the full article in the Irish Examiner:
No let-up for O’Connor