- Cian O'Connor and Carolus Z, winners of the $10K Waldron Welcome Stake at Live Oak International 2014 on Friday, 21 March
Last week Cian headed north of Wellington to compete at Live Oak in Ocala with Carolus Z and Quidam's Cherie.
Cherie was third in the opening class and jumped her first world cup qualifier for just 5 faults. Carolus Z won a big class and these consistent results were enough to secure Cian the $10,000 leading rider prize.
Cian said afterwards "this was a super show and I know the horses enjoyed it as much as the riders! I was thrilled with both horses, especially Cherie. She was third in a big Grand Prix in Wellington a few weeks ago, but I wanted to come here to see how she was on grass, and - if anything - she was nearly better! I'm really looking forward to developing her over the summer”.
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Week 8 in Wellington, Florida finished on a high with a 3rd place in the CSIO 4* Grand Prix for Cian and Quidam's Cherie.
The only Irish rider to go through to the jump-off from a starting field of 50, Cian steered the Adena Springs Stables mare to a further clear round, but was just over three seconds slower than Britain’s Ben Maher who took first place.
Cian said, “It was her first time jumping a four star Grand Prix and I didn't push her in the jump off but rather stayed neat and was thrilled with her double clear performance. Long season ahead so will give her two weeks off again now and then build to the grand finale here.”
The success comes after Team Ireland finished joint fourth in Friday’s Nation's Cup in Wellington. Quidam's Cherie jumped a super first round clear but was a little green in the big atmosphere and unfortunately had two down in round two. Shane Sweetnam was 4 and 4, Richie Moloney 8 and clear and Paul O’Shea was 5 and 4.
“We would have liked to have gone better but we all played our part and for me it was great mileage for my young mare,” said Cian after the competition.