Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: February, 2013

Around the world for sport!!

Hey Everyone,

Just arrived home from sunny Dubai and even though the weather is miserable here, I've said it before, there is still something special for me when the plane touches down in Dublin and you’re back on home soil! I guess that's why I never wanted to base abroad full time - it's nice to go away for a few shows but even nicer to return home!

Michael and I finished up well at the show in Dubai this weekend (see news link here). It's incredible how the Arab League has developed over the last few years and how serious the riders are about improving. I've no doubt they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with at the World Equestrian Games 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

The Dubai show was superbly organised and ran. Irishman Paul McAuley was show director and full credit to his drive and vision to make it the best show, by a distance, of the whole tour.

I have a few days in Ireland now, then a short trip to Europe to try some horses before flying to Florida at the end of the week.

The horses from Dubai will have a break now and Frenchy, my groom, flew last night to London to catch up with the other 6 horses that I'm taking to Florida and they will fly there this Tuesday. A lot of logistics but we're getting there!

Chat soon,

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