Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: March, 2012

Best foot forward

  • Blue Loyd in action in Florida

Hey everyone,

I can't believe we are heading into our last week of the tour.

it's been really great and we've loved every second of it. Time has flown but we are ready for home at the same time.

All horses have been great and really earned their keep. Everything, Carpe diem and Calvaron will all be staying this side of the Atlantic and I wish their new riders every success.

It has been an amazing experience on so many levels and I've learned a great deal. The Nations’ Cup was the highlight for me where the Irish Team finished second and Blue Loyd and I jumped a double clear in our debut performance together on the team. I'm looking forward to April at home where I have a lot of coaching planned and horses to try.

Both Loyd and Alley jumped great again this weekend (see news page) and we'll be putting our best foot forward for the final weekend coming.

Alley will be aimed at Thursday's and Saturday's 1.50m while Loyd will be jumping Saturday’s $500,000 final Grand Prix. All has gone so well so far and anything extra in the final week will be a nice bonus!

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Best wishes,

Time flies when you're having fun!

  • KEC Alligator Alley in action at the weekend

Hi everyone,

Hard to believe that we are into week 11 of the 12 week Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Florida.

It’s been a super trip with all the horses improving and picking up a few bob along the way. Last weekend KEC Alligator Alley jumped out of his skin to place second in the Grand Prix (see video HERE).

Blue Loyd has had a break since his double clear in the Nations’ Cup and this week I take him to another show in Ocala where there is a Grand Prix next Saturday. The week after he's back to Wellington to try for some of the big bucks in the 500k Grand Prix on March 31st.

Check back next week for more news.

Homeward bound - for a while!

  • Blue Loyd in action on Friday night at Wellington

The Nations Cup week is always very enjoyable in Palm Beach and with no shortage of Irish support the team gave it their best shot.

Everybody played their part but unfortunately the German team were that bit better on the night and we had to settle for second. Blue Loyd was class, jumping one of only four double clears in the competition.

I can’t believe we're two thirds of the way there in this 12 week circuit. Tomorrow I fly home for one week to both catch up on matters there and also give the horses here a break.

I’m really looking forward to going back even for a week just to go to the yard and feel some bit of normality again! It’s great here but not the real world in any shape or form!

I'll go to the show in Broadmeadow next weekend to help Mark which I'll enjoy.

Check back next week for more news.

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