Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: August, 2010

Cian And K Club Lady Selected For Weg

Cian and K Club Lady have been selected by Ireland's show jumping manager Robert Splaine as one of the squad of five to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky next month.

Cian said today: "I am absolutely thrilled to be named as part of the Irish Show Jumping Team to compete at WEG. It will be the biggest test to date for my new mare K Club Lady but I'm confident that we can deliver the goods.

"Our team is strong and if we can reproduce the form we all had when victorious in Aachen in July, then I believe we can become World Champions at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games."

Cian Joint First In Dublin Puissance And K Club Lady Clear In Aga Khan

Cian and K Club Lady contributed to Ireland's superb joint second place in the Aga Khan Trophy on Friday with a second round clear, while today Cian rode Noctambule Courcelle to joint first in the Puissance, with the wall at a massive 2m15.

Cian said: "I was delighted with today's joint first in the Puissance alongside Venezuela's very talented Pablo Barrios. It was a competition that of course I'd loved to have won outright, but in the end we clipped the wall on our very last attempt, as Pedro had done just before us, and it was an honour to share the podium with him.

"K Club Lady was fantastic in the Nations' Cup on Friday. We made two mistakes in the first round, but I knew we could do better and so we dug deep to produce a zero score on our second attempt, and that, added to clears from Denis and Billy, put us into joint second with the USA. Not a bad result at all, but most importantly it left Ireland in fourth place in the world in the Meydan League this year, one place better than last year."

"I was just a bit disappointed that we didn't deliver an outright victory in front of the great home crowd, but the Dutch were fighting for their lives to avoid relegation and they produced an incredible display of team jumping that on the day we simply couldn't equal.

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