Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: January, 2012

Week two in Palm Beach goes well

Cian continued his good run of form this week in Wellington, Florida.

On Wednesday he was third in 1.45 speed class with a new ride, the Irish bred gelding KEC Alligator Alley. The pair went on to deliver two clear rounds in Sunday's 1.50m jump off class and finished fifth.

Blue Loyd was just started in Thursday’s feature WEF jump off class and he again produced two faultless rounds to finish third behind Nick Skelton and his Olympic hopeful Carlo.

Everything, the 8 yr old Toulon gelding who won the opening class of the circuit last week, jumped clear in Saturday night’s feature Grand Prix and with a single mistake in the jump off, finished a very credible 7th.

Cian said: “All the horses are enjoying the Florida sun and putting in consistent performances. Blue Loyd has jumped seven rounds since he came and had no fence down; Everything who has just turned eight, has won a class, been 4th in a 1.50m class and jumped clear in a Grand Prix; KEC Alligator Alley whom I rode for the first time here in America has stepped up to the big time very easily as shown by his double clear in Sunday's 1.50.

“I must say this is the best string of horses I perhaps have ever had together at one time so I’m very excited about that".

Pictured above is Ballymore Eustace in action at Palm Beach.

Cian's team in the money on week 1 in Florida

Cian's horses all aquitted themselves extremely well on the opening week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington Florida.

He started the week with a win aboard Everything, 8yr old Toulon gelding in 1.45m class on Thursday. Everything went on to jump double clear in Sunday's feature 1.50m class and placed fourth.

Blue Loyd (right) appreciates the big arena and jumped out of his skin all week. He was sixth in the opening 1.45, then finished second in the same class the following day.

In the feature class of the week, Saturday night's $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix, Blue Loyd and Cian were drawn first to go and jumped two superbly accurate rounds to place third. O'Connell Street was 2nd in a 1.40 class and finished 11th in Sunday’s 1.50 when having just one fence down.

Alligator Aly and Ballymore Eustace were both clear at m40 level during the week.

Cian said "I'm thrilled how all the horses jumped this week. It’s the result of my super background team who took care of the horses over Christmas and New Year to have them in top shape for the start of circuit. It's great to be able to compete here and I look forward to the major Grands Prix as the circuit continues.

Cian off to a flying start at Winter Equestrian festival

Cian won the first competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington in Florida today, riding Everything in the 1m45 class.
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