Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: November, 2011

Blue Loyd Arrives At Karlswood

  • Blue Loyd in his new home

Hey everyone,

Sorry it’s been a while but a lot going on presently but its all good!! As you can see from the picture I'm very excited about the arrival of a new superstar to Karlswood.

Just last Sunday night Blue Loyd, 11 year old bay gelding by "Landor S" arrived safely in Ireland from Norway. Formerly competed by Norwegian Nina Braaten, Blue Loyd has been impressive in all that was asked of him over the past year.

Last winter he was clear in several World Cups, then this season he jumped clear in the Nations’ Cup at the European championships in Madrid. Only last month in Oslo he jumped all three big classes clear.

I've had my eye on him for some time and I’m both thrilled and excited about actually having him in my yard. Blue Loyd will really boost my string of horses and be a great lead horse for Carpe Diem, Ballymore Eustace, Everything and O'Connell Street to follow in behind.

I plan to just do three more indoor shows this year, the first of them being a four star show in Salzburg Austria, beginning on December 1, which will be my first outing with Blue Loyd.

It’s amazing in this game how one wonderful animal can boost morale and alter one’s whole outlook on the season ahead. I'm very lucky to have been able to source this horse and very appreciative to those who have helped me make it happen!

i'm writing this to you aboard the Etihad night flight to Abu Dhabi. I'm giving a week long clinic in the U.A.E. and also have some pupils who are competing at the Global Tour Final in Abu Dhabi over the weekend.

Check back next week for more news.

Best wishes,

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