Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: September, 2011

Carpe Diem Shines At Barcelona

Cian and Carpe Diem had a great fifth-place finish in the five-star Barcelona Grand Prix in Spain on Friday.

Cian was one of just three competitors to go clear in the first round, but a single mistake on his second attempt left him behind Eric Lamaze from Canada and the mare Atlete Van T Heike, who achieved the only double clear round of the contest.

On Thursday, Cian had runner-up results in consecutive competitions, first with Ballymore Eustace (right) in the big two phase class, and then with Carpe Diem in the Grand Prix qualifier, beaten on both occasions by Italy's Emanuele Gaudiano.

Great Weekend At Gijon

Cian had several placings with his three horses at the CSIO5* Gijon over the past week. Ballymore Eustace was third and sixth in 1m45 classes. Splendor finished 8th in the Grand Prix, when having a single error in both rounds.

Carpe Diem (right) produced a major result when jumping clear in Sunday’s feature class, the Prince's Cup. He was fourth to go out of 14 in the jump off and set off at the gallop taking a very difficult turn inside a fence to the last, the pair looking set for victory.

Many tried but couldn't match their time until last man in Scott Brash from Great Britain pipped them by 0.312 secs to leave Cian in runner-up spot.

Cian said: “It was a great show for to get the hang of Carpe Diem. He's a lovely animal to work with- careful and scopey and as he proved today has a serious turn of foot.”
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