Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: June, 2013

Cian becomes Brand Ambassador for Equest

Zoetis are pleased to announce that Olympic Bronze medallist Cian O'Connor has now become a brand ambassador for their range of wormers, Equest and Equest Pramox. Zoetis, formerly the animal health business of Pfizer, is a global animal health company with over 60 years experience in the animal health industry.

Speaking after the announcement, Cian O’ Connor said: "I'm excited at being chosen by Zoetis as their brand ambassador and I'm looking forward to working with them and their veterinary team. They share my enthusiasm and understanding for peak equine conditioning and health and this new partnership will ensure that all my horses at Karlswood will receive the best worming advice and regimes available." 

Unique wins a new car for Cian's groom!

  • Unique wins the Grand Prix in SommerstorfPic: Karl-Heinz Frieler
  • Cian after his victory in the Grand PrixPic: Peggy Schröder

After winning the Grand Prix on Sunday in Sommerstorf, Germany, Cian picked up the prize of a Golf GTI, which he subsequently donated to his groom, Clement Waras, known affectionately as "Frenchy".

Cian won on the ultra-reliable gelding, Unique, owned by Beverley Widdowson. The 12 year old was one of ten to make it through to the second round, winning with 2 seconds to spare ahead of Germany's Carsten-Otto Nagel, riding Holiday by Solitour.

Having delivered great performances in the UAE, Austria and recently Nörten-Hardenberg, Cian said that "Unique has been a consistent performer since joining my stables at the beginning of the year... We came here to win the Grand Prix and that's just what we did."

Cian handed the keys for his prize to his groom, saying “Frenchy has been with me through thick and thin over the last seven years, including the London Olympics, and the decision was quite simple: My wife and I both have cars and he does not. So Frenchy gets the Golf.”

“He’s been a super support to me over a long period and is always working so hard to help me win, as do all my team. But Frenchy has been wanting a car for ages, so I thought, why not give him this one,” he added.

Cian will now head to the four star show in Fontainebleu, France, and next week to Aachen, Germany, where he will form part of Team Ireland's squad to contest the Nations Cup.

Blue Loyd keeps the flag flying!

  • Blue Loyd

After torrential rain and deteriorating ground conditions, Team Ireland placed fourth in the St Gallen Nations Cup in Switzerland. However, new competition rules award points only to qualifying teams, thereby earning Ireland the second most points behind the Swiss.

Ireland tied for first place after round one with Switzerland, Belgium and Great Britain, with Cian O'Connor going clear on the bronze Olympic medal winner Blue Loyd.

The second round had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions, and the final result was decided by a single rider jump-off, in which Shane Breen picked up only 4 faults. Germany, one of the teams qualifying for points, withdrew from the event due to the weather.

Chef d'équipe Robert Splaine said afterwards, "This was a great result, giving us second of the teams here for league points. All the riders went very well, and it was great to see Cian O'Connor, reunited with his Olympic horse Blue Loyd, going clear. I thought Shane Breen was superb in the jump off, and extremely unlucky to rub a rail."

Cian commented, "I was thrilled to be reunited with Loyd again at St Gallen. He jumped so well and really showed his ability and heart in the way he tackled the course. He made it look easy. I'm glad we could help the team consolidate its position in the league table which means we will qualify for the Nations Cup final in Barcelona this September.”

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