Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: October, 2013

Cian second in Hoys Grand Prix

Cian partnered Dual Star, Carolus and Cooper at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham last weekend. All three horses jumped well with Carolus having just one down in Saturday’s 1.55m jump off class. Dual Star was 4th in Friday’s 1.45m speed but Cooper was the star of the weekend. The pair were clear in Thursday’s GP qualifier and on Friday night had just the last fence down.

Sunday’s GP at Hoys is always hotly contested and with Bob Ellis building a serious test there were just three clear in round one - Cian, Billy Twomey and Julien Epaillard. 25% came back for the jump off but Cian and Cooper were first in of the clears and opted for a steady round to put the pressure on. Julien tried a tight turn to fence three but paid the price when knocking it down and Billy produced a sharp clear when last to go with the ever reliable Tinka’s Serenade to clinch victory.

Cian said afterwards, “I’m absolutely delighted with Cooper. He was pure class here tonight. He’s an outstanding horse with a big future." 

Horse of the Year Show 2013

  • Dual Star poses for the camera!
  • Carolus enjoying his new accommodation!
  • Cooper getting ready to hack

Cian is currently participating in the 2013 Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham, England. The show in the National Equestrian Centre is in its 65th year and features a prestigious final as well as a full programme of International classes, four of which carry world ranking points.

Catch all the action on SKY or visit the show's website to keep up to date with Cian's progress.

2013 Horse of the Year Show, 09 - 13 Oct »

Strong finish for Karlswood horses at Cavan

  • Saphir winning the 6&7 yr old final in great style

Karlswood Horses finished in the top three in all of the young horse championships at Cavan last weekend. Mark Duffy rides a scopey chestnut gelding for Cian and he was consistent all weekend and placed third in the 4 year old final. Ross was treble clear in the 5 yr old championship with the exciting Hugo and Cian won the 6&7 yr old final with the flashy grey Saphir.

Cooper jumped superbly all week and had an unlucky back rail in the Grand Prix but the outing will set him up well for the Horse of the Year show in Birmingham next week to which Cian will also take Carolus Z and Dual Star.

Watch the video of Cian going head to head with John Floody in the 2013 Cavan Classic:


Video: Saphir wins the 6 & 7 year old final

Watch the video of Cian and Saphir jumping 3 clear rounds to win the Cavan 6 & 7 year old Hankook final:

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