Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: April, 2012

Ready for action

  • In action at Louth County last weekend

Hey everyone,

Today will be hectic as my three top horses travel to Europe and it’s a lot to organise a three month road trip! They are all in great form and jumped out of their skin in Dundalk at the weekend. They were perhaps too fresh and even bucking between the fences but with so many top shows coming up and a lot of travelling to do, I'd prefer them on their toes for now.

I plan to be home in Ireland at the beginning of each week which allows me stay on top of business in Karlswood as the horses make their way across Europe to the next show. See the news page for my schedule.

I will put regular updates on Twitter and Facebook and post pictures and videos of our travels.

Chat soon,


Time flies when you're having fun!

  • Dublin Show - not that far away now...

It was only three weeks ago that we returned from Florida and I was relishing the chance to have a break.

Three weeks later and I’m dying to get back going at the major shows. I have been competing some new horses while being at home and I feel it’s good to keep riding as it keeps you focused and on your game.

Da Vinci’s Pride was super again this weekend winning the Spring Tour Final (click here). Next weekend we jump at Dundalk which has always been a lucky show for me. Following that my top horses head for Europe. Blue Loyd, KEC Alligator Alley, and Da Vinci’s Pride. I will keep them on the continent for the summer months with the plan to return in August for the Dublin Horse Show.

I plan to be home in Ireland most weeks to take care of Karlswood and am lucky that I know when I leave that it runs like clockwork under the experienced and capable hands of Ross Mulholland.

This week at Karlswood we say farewell to Mark Kinsella who has been a loyal and valued member of my team for many years. Mark is setting up his own stable in the Naul in north Dublin and I wish him every success.

This week the focus will be on organising every detail and the logistics for my horses’ summer trip. Life is good, I can't complain, but I’ve a feeling it could be the calm before the storm!!


Nice to win at home

Hey everyone,

We are finally getting back to normality and over the jetlag!

It has been fairly busy as always despite the horses that were in Florida being on a break. i've been busy and have acquired two new rides (see HERE).

The past few weeks has been hectic with many people coming to Karlswood for coaching and I must say it’s been fun. I'm already looking forward to my next trip which takes place at the start of May and we head for Le Touquet in France.

Blue Loyd and KEC Alligator Alley are in fantastic form and enjoying their break. They will both jump in Louth county show at the end of the month.

Check back next week for more news- please like my Facebook page and tell all your friends - I’m aiming for 10,000 likes by August!


Long - but fun!

  • Blue Loyd at Palm Beach

It has been a long but highly enjoyable three month circuit in Florida.

The horses acquitted themselves superbly in the final week at WEF. (Click HERE for news.) I came here with the goal of developing Blue Loyd as my main target and I feel that has gone according to plan. It has been long for all of us - man and beast- but for only April 1st we have achieved a lot and I feel that we are set up well and in a strong position for the major European shows which kick off in May.

I have sold some horses and already acquired a new horse. He has jumped Grands Prix in Australia and I’m really excited about getting to know him next month. Thats what often keeps us going - the change of faces looking over the door at you! Its often a challenge to find new top horses but I believe you always will and thats why I’m never afraid to sell.

I know i am extremely lucky and am grateful to all my team such as grooms, riders, owners and supporters, but I really want to thank my beautiful wife Ruth for all her love and support and putting up with me all the time!

The whole entourage returns to Ireland this week for a well earned Spring break.

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Check back next week for more news.


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