Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: October, 2011

Two Busy Weeks!

  • John Hickey and Cactus winning the bareback Puissance at Oslo

Hey everyone, just home for a few days following two busy weeks at Birmingham and Oslo. The horses were a bit greener indoors and it takes time to adapt both for them and us as riders.

Oslo was beautiful but boy was it expensive! Taxis ,alcohol, almost everything 40 per cent more expensive than here. The horses jumped super. Everything was clear in Friday’ s feature 1.50 metre class which was an amazing achievement for a seven year old.

Carpe Diem was clear in the Grand Prix but picked up a single time fault. In the World Cup qualifier he just had one down which I was thrilled with, as it's his first World Cup ever.

The horses stable with John Hickey, now in Sweden, who won the bareback Puissance at the show in style.

I love Puissances and John is a real specialist, not moving an inch over 2.05 metres!! Fantastic achievement for him and interesting to note over 1000 likes on Team Ireland Equestrian’s Facebook page of John’s picture clearing the wall without a saddle. It captures the imagination of people in and out of the sport, which we all need to do more of.

The horses travel from there up to Helsinki for the next show where hopefully we can get in the ribbons.

Check back next week for more news.

Best wishes,

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