Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: July, 2012

Cian and Blue Loyd selected for London Games

Cian has today been ratified by the Olympic Council of Ireland to take up one of two show jumping places at the London Olympics alongside Corkman Billy Twomey. The OCI statement says:

"The Olympic Council of Ireland has approved Horse Sport Ireland's nomination of Cian O'Connor as the second Irish show jumping rider for the Olympic Games in London.

The nomination was made by Horse Sport Ireland's show jumping Chef D'Equipe Robert Splaine for the combination of Cian O'Connor and his horse Blue Loyd.

Ireland will now be represented by Billy Twomey and Cian O'Connor in the individual show jumping event in Greenwich, London, which commences on August 5th."

Cian has been working towards an Olympic return for the past 8 years and indeed acquired and syndicated Blue Loyd with the goal of making it to London.

Cian says: "I've just learned of my selection to compete at the London Olympics on Blue Loyd. I am delighted to have this opportunity to compete again at the Olympic Games.

“The circumstances which led to my selection are most unfortunate for Denis Lynch, however I must now focus on the job at hand and ensure that both myself and Blue Loyd are in the best possible shape for the Games.

“I want to thank Robert Splaine, the Irish team manager and all those in Horse Sport Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland who have shown this confidence in me and the horse to perform at this level.

“Blue Loyd is an exceptional athlete and certainly has the potential to have a good games. Hopefully Billy Twomey and myself will perform well and give the Irish public, who have such a passionate interest in the London Olympics, a full and committed effort which will lead to the best possible results."

Cian and Blue Loyd go clear at Aachen and team finish third

Ireland produced their best result of the current Nations Cup series when finishing third at Aachen tonight, helped by classy clear rounds from both Billy Twomey on Je T'Aime Flamenco and Cian with Blue Loyd.

Cian had an unlucky fence down in the first round, but came back as last man in to leave all the poles standing and ensure that Ireland climbed to third place overall, behind Germany and winners France.

Cian said: "Blue Loyd and I are only together seven months and I really think we are starting to gel. It takes a while to build a partnership, but you can see how it is developing by tonight's performance. Aachen is the biggest Nations Cup in the world and Blue Loyd jumped it easily. I'm absolutely chuffed and very grateful to my owners for their support."

Cian and Blue Loyd selected for Aachen

Ireland's chef d'equipe Robert Splaine has announced his squad for the fifth leg of the FEI Nations' Cup Superleague, which takes place at Aachen on Thursday, July 5.

Aachen, traditionally considered to be one of the toughest competitions in the annual series, sees five of Ireland's top riders selected, including Cian.

The squad, in alphabetical order, is: Shane Breen, Dermott Lennon, Denis Lynch, Cian O'Connor and Billy Twomey, and is the same squad of riders who won at Aachen in 2010.

Cian will jump Blue Loyd in the Nations Cup.
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