Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: July, 2013

Beautiful but hot Chantilly - Town of the horse

  • Cian racing on the famous track at Chantilly
  • Cian racing on the famous track at Chantilly

After our long summer tour in Europe we finished it at the beautiful and chic Global Tour Show in Chantilly, France which has a rich tradition of equestrian sport, set in the middle of a race track with a beautiful backdrop of the iconic chateau and Grand Ecuries.

Overall, a very successful weekend with Gain Line, my 7 year old being the star of the show jumping clear the first day and then winning the 7 year old championship at ease on Sunday against some stiff competition. Unique didn’t fail to deliver, continuing his winning streak by placing 1st in the 1m45 on Sunday morning. Cooper finished off on a good note yesterday in the Grand Prix with an early 4 faults. We are still getting to know each other at this level and after tweaking and analysing a few things I think we are ready for Dublin in 2 weeks’ time!

All the horses are on their way back to Ireland now and myself and the staff are looking forward to a short break before gearing up for my favourite week of the show calendar - Dublin Horse Show!

This weekend, I will do a local show, Tattersalls, with some other horses. Let’s hope the weather stays fine!


Long but successful week in Aachen

Hey Everyone,

I rarely take a morning off but I must admit this morning I simply could not move!! The long week in Aachen had taken its toll and I was just wrecked!!

All the horses jumped out of their skin there and I was clear in all the feature classes from Wednesday through to Saturday. I was pre qualified for the GP but opted not to jump as I was so pleased with Cooper's development in the past month, I thought there was just no need. He was clear for a time fault in Wednesday and Friday’s main competitions and really showed his braveness and class in the way he tackled those huge courses. I will rest him now for two weeks along with Unique, then aim them at the Global Champions Tour show in Chantilly in three weeks’ time.

We are all counting down the days till the Dublin Horse Show and it promises to be as good as ever. For me it’s all about trying to peak there and I feel this year I have it right - my horses have not been under pressure or over jumped so I'm hoping for a big week in Dublin in August.

Check back soon for more news,

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