Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: October, 2012

Good Weekend in Caen

Cian and Karlswood rider Ross Mulholland enjoyed a good weekend at Caen in France.

Ross rode Da Vinci’s Pride (left) and finished up by winning Sunday’s 1m40 final. He also jumped Splendor, who was double clear in the Grand Prix qualifier and clear in the Grand Prix.

It was Blue Loyd's first show since Dublin, and he was in great form and full of beans. Jumped a super clear in the Grand Prix and had a rail down in the jump off to finish fourth.

Cian said afterwards "I was chuffed today for Ross to get an international win under his belt (click HERE for video) which is great, and Blue Loyd found his top form back on his debut appearance since the Dublin Horse Show.

"I gave him a nice break for eight weeks from shows and he jumped a super clear and finished 4th in the Grand Prix here. It sets him up well for my next indoor in Lyon in two weeks’ time which is a 5 star World Cup show.”

Off to Caen this weekend

This week Cian heads to the three star show in Caen, France along with Karlswood resident rider, Ross Mullholland.

Cian takes Blue Loyd (right) and Vanhoeve and Ross rides O’Connell Street and Davinci’s Pride. This show will act as a warm up for Cian’s upcoming World Cup outings at Lyon and Verona.

See Irish Examiner report HERE.

New mount wins for Cian first time out

Cian won the third leg of the Gain/Alltech Autumn Grand Prix league at Eglinton Equestrian Centre in Derry. Riding Sevil Sabanci's 11yr old gelding Ulano (left) Cian was one of 15 clears in round one.

Going first in the jump off proved fortunate for Cian as he set a standard that couldn’t be matched, to land the spoils at Eglinton. Cian said: "Ulano is a wonderful horse with a lot of possibilities. I'm fortunate to have him and look forward to jumping him at the major shows over the winter".

Blue Loyd equals 12th in world rankings

Cian's Olympic horse Blue Loyd this week became the highest-ranked horse competed by an Irish rider worldwide in the FEI WBFSH World Ranking List, coming in at equal 12th alongside VDL Groep Verdi. The top-ranked horse is the USA's Cristallo. Click HERE.

Cian wins Chinese World Cup competition

Cian this week became the first non-Chinese competitor ever to win Beijing's World Cup show jumping class.

Over 40 international competitors took part in the class. Due to quarantine restrictions the riders were allocated Chinese-based horses. Riding Wavanta, Cian also recorded the only double clear round in the international event, beating Chinese national Bian Baciren into second place, with Dutch rider Edwin Smits finishing third. Cian can be seen walking the course (below).

Cian said after the competition: "I am absolutely thrilled to win this major event here in China and perhaps contribute to the very encouraging relationship which is emerging between China and Ireland in regard to our respective horse industries.”

Congratulating Cian on the Irish triumph, Horse Sport Ireland chairman Joe Walsh said: "This is a terrific achievement for Cian, and enhances Ireland's developing profile as a major Sport Horse nation in the People's Republic of China. We look forward to further co-operation with them in the future."

The venue for the World Cup competition, Beijing International Equestrian Club, is one of China's main equestrian venues. The Equestrian Director is Galway native Austin Melia.

Commenting on his experience in China, Cian said: “The talent, enthusiasm and love for the horse was evident to see in the Chinese riders. These attributes can be further developed and nurtured with good quality coaching and a long term structure which could ultimately culminate in these riders being on the Olympic podium themselves.”
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