Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: February, 2014

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  • Quidam's FlowerA new 8 yr old mare showing off her impresssive technique

Hey Everyone,

Apologies for not being in touch for a while but to be honest I haven’t had much spare energy to blog! Early mornings and a good day’s work tend to leave me ready for bed at 8pm in this Florida sun! All horses are in good shape and performing well. It’s over half way through the circuit and time has just flown by. We are fortunate to be staying with the horses at Adena Springs Stables which is a beautiful farm in close proximity to the horse show. I’m thrilled with all the horses and having been here several times now I’ve learned to pick and choose my classes and not to get too excited too soon by over jumping. The Nation's Cup is next Friday and I hope to be jumping Quidam's Cherie which I have set as a target of mine since December. I was double clear in this Nation's Cup with Blue Loyd in 2012 and again in 2013 with Splendor - so I’m going for my third double clear on the trot - fingers crossed! 

Nikki Walker, whom I’m coaching full time, is doing really well with all her horses, especially Saphir, whom I won the Cavan Classic with last September, and Blue Loyd. She rides them both so well and with great confidence and they just love her, which makes the perfect partnership. As Nikki has developed in her own riding skills, the improvement is evident in her results with consistent clear rounds and placings, which makes my job very rewarding. Next Saturday Nikki will jump Blue Loyd as part of Team Canada in the Young Rider Nation's Cup, so we'll be all dressed in red and white and donning the maple leaf.

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