Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: April, 2009

Bittersweet Weekend

  • Myself and my grandfather Karl Mullen pictured a few years ago when I had my hair dyed for a publicity picture

On the show jumping front it couldn't have been a better weekend. Louth County has always been a successful show for me, winning the Grand Prix six times. On Saturday Splendor won the qualification and on Sunday Baloufina won the 1m50 Grand Prix. I was really pleased how all the horses from Karlswood performed over the two days.

Mark Kinsella jumped Irish Independent Echo Beach in the Grand Prix on Sunday and had one fence down, which was a very good result for his first time riding her at this level.

On a personal note, my grandfather Dr. Karl Mullen passed away peacefully at his home in Kilcullen tonight. He was a wonderful man, a true gentleman to the end and a major influence on my career. Ironically he was the Captain of the Irish rugby team the last time they won the Grand Slam in 1948, a feat that was not repeated until just a few weeks ago when the wonderful Irish side beat the Welsh on their own soil.

Karl will be remembered by everybody as a sporting icon, one of the country's leading gynaecologists and a great family man. It is the passing of a true legend and I know myself, my two sisters and of course my mum will miss him dearly.

Nice To Be Back

  • Rancorrado in action at Barcelona last year

Hi Everyone,

This was my first week home in a while, and while the weather's not great it's always nice to be back in Ireland.

Workshop 2 was a great success over the weekend and both Gerry Mullins and Marcus Swail were a great addition. Up to now I have put over 100 people through the workshops since we started in January. I'm now planning the next one, which promises to be exciting and will step it up a few gears, so keep your eyes open for it!

This weekend I jump in Coilog Equestrian Centre in Kilmeague on the Saturday, where I will bring some of the horses I haven't jumped over the past while, including Rancorrado, who I intend just to jump in a small class, as it will be his first day out since January.

Hope all goes well, and we'll chat after the weekend.

Just Got Out In Time

  • Splendor in the feature class at Arezzo on Friday night

Hi everyone,

I just got out of Arezzo on Sunday in time, as I believe the heavens opened so badly that a class had to be postponed due to the heavy downpours. Later in the evening it was reported on the news that there was an earthquake in Italy with tragic consequences, so thankfully we just got out in the nick of time!

It was another good week for me at the show with Baloufina in the winner's enclosure once more, PS I Love You was 3rd in a competitive speed class and Splendor jumped double clear to finish 5th in the feature event on Friday night.

The horses will return home to Waterside now for a few weeks holiday - when I say holiday they will still be hacked out and turned out to the paddock daily so that they are kept ticking over and won't lose fitness.

I will compete at home at Coilog and Dundalk and then head back to Europe again when the season takes full flight for me, as I won't have a weekend off until late August!

Cookies help us to deliver the best service. By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies. View Cookie PreferencesAccept