Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: February, 2012

On the home stretch

With seven weeks of jumping over we are well over the half way stage in Wellington, Florida.

It has been great so far with all horses really improving. Blue Loyd jumped great in the Grand Prix this week just having one down at the second last where I turned too short. He feels in great shape and should be on target to contribute to the Irish team’s efforts in the Nations’ Cup next Friday.

I’m very pleased how KEC Alligator Alley is developing - see the video of him jumping clear in Thursday’s 1m50.

This week I also sold Everything, one of my favourite and most talented horses. He was consistently in the prizes since arriving in Florida so it’s no real surprise that there was so much interest in the 8yr old son of Toulon.

He has gone to a very talented young American rider who I know will do very well with him. I'll be watching their progress with keen interest.

As I said above, next week hosts the Nations’ Cup which is always a great competition and we are all really looking forward to it.

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Chat soon,


Time for a break

  • Palm Beach - not a bad place in which to take a few days off!

After five weeks competing we will all take it a little easier this week. I plan to only jump Ballymore Eustace this week coming as all the others have done a lot and deserve a break. Ruth and I are going away from the show for just three days but a short rest is all you need to recharge the batteries.

Last weekend reminded me of just how difficult this sport is and despite all best plans and preparation, things can still fail to go according to plan.

I overworked Blue Loyd in days prior to the Grand Prix and he was flat and had no spark in the class itself. As he was different to ride I then made mistakes and must admit rode him poorly and after a few fences down I decided to retire.

Normally I don't take a bad day to heart but I was really disgusted with myself. However I felt there was no point in dwelling on it and the following day I got stuck in and was thrilled with both Everything and KEC Alligator aAlley who both jumped double clear in Sunday's 1.50m and placed 2nd and 4th respectively.

You learn to take the good with the bad in this job and over a longer period I believe that if you trust yourself above all others you will be on the winning path.

Looking forward to a few easy days.

Check back next week for more news,


Home from home!

  • Ballymore Eustace in action at WEF, Florida

We're well settled in after being here in Florida for over a month now. All is going well and I’m delighted with all of my horses. Check out my News page to see results, and the Movies page to see Blue Loyd in last week’s Grand Prix and Twitter and Facebook to see latest news and photos.

This week is week 5 of the circuit which is sponsored by Spycoast Farm who are wonderful supporters of the show and indeed the sport.

The World Cup on Saturday will be the focus, so fingers crossed!

Check back on Sunday for more news,


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