Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: April, 2011

Cian Takes The Lion's Share In Dundalk

Cian and his team of horses were in top form last weekend at the opening leg of the TRM Premier Series at Dundalk. Trebox Accorada, pictured left, who Cian just got before the Sunshine Tour, made the track look easy on Saturday as she galloped to victory in the Grand Prix qualifier.

The following day she jumped two sensational rounds in the Premier Series Grand Prix to finish fourth, which is the biggest result this 8yr old mare has to date. Larkhill Cruiser looked mature and happy after his few weeks' break from competition and finished third in the qualifier without coming out of the canter.

In the main event on Sunday he was one of 10 through to the jump off. Chasing fast targets set by Capt David O'Brien and Alexander Butler Cian and Joey knew what they had to do. The draw was in their favour and with a good gallop to the third jump and to the last, managing to shave fractions of a second off the others, secured the victory for Cian, making it his 7th time to win the Grand Prix at this particular venue since the year 2000.

Cian Visits Equipet In Ashbourne

Cian visited Equipet in Ashbourne, Co. Meath today to promote Charles Owen hats. Here he is pictured with some customers and fans!

Cian's On Top Of The World!

The latest edition of the Rolex World Rankings show three Irish riders in the Top 30. Billy Twomey is placed 7th, Denis Lynch 8th, and Cian 30th - making him the highest-ranked home based rider. You may recall Cian predicted in one of his Irish Field columns that as part of his master plan he would aim to be in the top 30 in the world by May. This wish came to him one month ahead of schedule!

Commenting on the news, Cian said this week: "Thanks to the stellar performances of my two Irish sport horses, Arabella and Larkhill Cruiser, I've achieved my target to get into the top 30 of the world rankings. The timing couldn't be better as it entitles me to invitations for the Global Champions Tour this summer."

It's interesting to note that there's no British rider in the current top 30.

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