Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: July, 2011

Key Points Earned In Falsterbo

The Irish team finished a very creditable 5th at the Nations’ Cup in Falsterbo, giving the team key points at this stage in the series. After four legs and with four legs remaining the team currently lies second and looks certain to be able to avoid relegation this year.

“I was delighted with Splendor’s performance in the Nations’ Cup, with both his scores counting with a fence down each time. This is his first time at this level and I really feel that he will come on from this,” said Cian.

Cian also won a 7 yr old class with the Toulon gelding Everything.

Cian Finishes Second In Swedish Derby Qualifier

Cian and Splendor have been selected by Chef d'Equipe Robert Splaine to jump last in the Swedish Nations' Cup at Falsterbo on Friday. This will be the midway point of the Superleague series, and Ireland currently lies second of eight nations.

This afternoon Cian and his new ride Phin Phin's Shooting Star took second place in the Derby Qualifier at Falsterbo, a really great result for the combination on their first big international outing together.

Ukranian Team Purchases Cian's Top Horses

The Ukrainian show jumping team has purchased both K Club Lady and Temple Road, to help them on their way to success at the London Olympics.

K Club Lady (top right) has been a wonderful horse since Cian got her last April, jumping on the Irish teams at Rome, St Gallen, Aachen, Dublin and WEG. The pair were also 2nd in the 5 star Grand Prix at St Gallen and jumped that all-important double clear in Aachen to help the team clinch victory.

Temple Road has been produced on Cian’s behalf by Cian’s friend Shane Carey in Denmark and in Cian’s first show with the horse last month they were 2nd in the Grand Prix at Pforzheim Germany.

Cian said: “ I will miss these two top class horses greatly but on the other hand it’s always good to sell. What I’m really pleased about is that these are horses that I selected and I brought in investors to help me secure them. Subsequently both horses have had great success and have yielded a great return for all involved.

“In the absence of a top class sponsor the top end of show jumping is very much about balancing the sport and the economics - now I must look for my next superstar!”

Temple Road has gone to his new owners and Cian will compete K Club Lady for the next few weeks as the new owners decided that Cian is best placed to get her back to top class show jumping.

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