Ireland finished equal third in today's Nations' Cup of Rome, with K Club Lady making a big contribution to the team score with a clear and a four on her debut performance at this level.
Cian said: "I am overjoyed with her. I've only had the mare eight weeks, and she has proved to be a real fighter. She had to dig deep in the second round, and she did just that, delivering a foot perfect clear at a time when the team really needed it."
Ireland finished on 12 faults with Spain,and the Nations' Cup was won by France on four faults, with Britain second on eight. The other members of the Irish team were Billy Twomey (0/4), Cameron Hanley (8/0) and Darragh Kenny (4/8).
Complete (pictured right) showed great form in Rome over the last two days, finishing fourth in the speed class today, and third in the speed class yesterday.
Today Robert Splaine, chef d'equipe, announced the squad to represent Ireland in the 2nd leg of the Meydan Nations Cup series which will take place on Friday week, May 28, in Rome. Cian and K Club Lady are included in the selection.
Cian has had some very good results with the mare, most notably jumping double clear and finishing fourth in the 1m50 class at the Global Tour in Valencia. That they have been selected already to represent their country in a Nations' Cup is a great tribute, given that Cian has only been riding the horse for seven weeks.
On his selection Cian said: "I'm delighted to have got the call up for Rome. The Meydan Series is the top level of show jumping and although it's a tough ask I feel we will be ready for the challenge."
The other squad members include Capt. David O'Brien, Cameron Hanley, Billy Twomey and Darragh Kenny.
Cian received the Senior Show Jumper of the Year award for 2009 at a recent lunch at Tattersalls Ireland. The annual award is presented by the Irish Field/Irish Horse World and with Cian in the picture (right) is Irish Horse World Editor Siobhan English and Irish Field Managing Editor Leo Powell.
Cian says: "It's a real honour to receive this award and to have myself included with the great historical names that are already on the trophy.
"Much of the credit must go to my owners and horses that helped me secure major international results in 2009."
Despite a super performance from Shane Breen and Carmena Z and two solid rounds from Cameron Hanley, the Irish team finished just outside Robert Splaine’s goal of a mid division finish last week. It was quite a low scoring Nations' Cup, which is always difficult as every fence can be extremely costly. Darragh Kenny made his Super League debut and rode a great second round for four faults. The next leg of the series is in Rome on Friday May 28th.
La Baule Irish team scores:
Shane Breen - Carmena Z 0.00/0.00
Niall Talbot - Tequi d'I 8.00/Retd
Darragh Kenny - Obelix 8.00/4.00
Cameron Hanley - Southwind VDL 0.00/4.00
Cian's new mare K Club Lady is going from strength to strength at every outing and had a fourth place in the 1m50 jump off at the Global Champions Tour show in Valencia tonight, jumping a double clear. Cian said: "I'm delighted with the mare. She has great character and is really careful."
The pair will line out on Saturday for the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at 3pm Irish time.