Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

Cian's Blog: May, 2014

Ready for Action!

Hey Everyone,

I’m writing to you from the north of France where we are stabled between the shows. Last weekend we competed in Fontainebleau and all the horses are in good shape after their jumping. Florida last winter was good to develop some of my younger horses but I feel it’s important to go to different venues to allow the young horses to see various arenas and fences. Fontainebleau is probably the best schooling ground in Europe in terms of developing horses. Each track had a friendly water jump and my 3 horses had no fence down all weekend. (See News)

As Blue Loyd is just coming back to full fitness I am carefully planning his road to the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy. He just jumped one class last weekend in Fontainebleau and I plan to jump him in the Grand Prix next week in Le Touquet. Cherie jumped twice, clear in both the GP qualifier and the GP, placing 2nd. Both horses are in great form and I'm looking forward to aiming at and attacking some of the bigger shows this summer.

Sometimes it’s not easy to take a back seat and wait for horses to progress. For someone competitive this is part of maturing as a rider and being able to discipline oneself by allowing horses the time to get to the high level. No one likes just schooling but, unfortunately, you cannot skip that phase of a horse’s education. I feel like I’ve been schooling long enough, and I, for one, am certainly ready for action! Roll on La Baule!!

Chat soon,

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