Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: April, 2009

Baloufina Scores Cian A Double At Louth County

As reported below, Cian won the qualification for today's opening leg of the Premier Series with Splendor yesterday. Today it was Baloufina who produced the goods in the 1m50 Premier Series 12,000 euro Grand Prix. Cian was also clear on Markopoulo and had one fence down in the jump-off to finish seventh.

He said afterwards: "This is the sixth time I've won this Grand Prix and as it's held in the grounds of one of my sponsors, Tom McGuinness of Horseware, it adds to the satisfaction."

Splendor Captures Louth County Qualifier

Splendor gave Cian victory in the Grand Prix Qualifier at the Louth County Show today. Cian said: "All my horses jumped well today, and of course I am delighted with Splendor's performance. This sets him up nicely for the Lummen Nations Cup next week, and for that reason I won't be jumping him on Sunday. However, I will be competing both Markopoulo and Baloufina in the Grand Prix, so we'll just see how that works out. I'd really love to win again at Dundalk."

Karlswood Team Heads For Dundalk This Weekend

Dundalk has been a happy hunting ground for Cian with him taking victory in the Grand Prix event five times out of the last nine years. Cian says: "I've always liked the Louth County Show and it's in the grounds of the home of one of my sponsors, Tom McGuinness of Horseware, so I always try to do well there."

"The rules for the Premier Series dictate that you must qualify in the preliminary round and be in the top 30 on Saturday. This week I have three mounts and will be hoping to qualify two of them for Sunday."

Splendor Selected For Lummen Nations Cup

Following his double clear in the feature event in the Global Champions Tour on Friday, April 3, at Arezzo, Splendor has been named for the Nations' Cup team to represent Ireland in Lummen in Belgium in three weeks' time.

More Success At Arezzo

Cian came back to Arezzo for the Global Champions Tour at the weekend, and though he was unfortunate to drop a single pole with Complete in the Grand Prix's opening round, he did have a terrific win with Baloufina on the opening day of the two-star competitions, taking first place in the two-phase 1m40 class.

He followed this with a third place on PS I Love You in the two-star speed competition on Friday, and then moved up a gear to take fifth place in the five-star show's big 1m50 jump-off class the same day with Splendor, jumping a superb double clear.

Cian said later: " I suppose I was unfortunate not to do better in the Grand Prix, but I have no reason for complaint about the other classes, where all the horses performed very well against a truly world-class field."

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