Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: May, 2014

Joint 3rd for Team Ireland at La Baule

  • Cian and Quidam's Cherie
  • Cian O'Connor and Blue Loyd in the 2014 Longines Grand Prix of La Baule
  • Cian O'Connor and Blue Loyd in the 2014 Longines Grand Prix of La Baule
  • Cian O'Connor and Quidam's Cherie for #TeamIreland for the 2014 Furusiyya Nations Cup in La Baule
  • Cian and Quidam's Cherie
  • Cian and Quidam's Cherie at La Baule
  • Cian and Quidam's Cherie at La Baule

Cian's horses left Deauville on Wednesday to join Team Ireland for the 2014 Furusiyya Nations Cup event in La Baule, France.

The first day went well - Cian rode his 2012 Olympic Bronze medal winning mount, Blue Loyd, jumping clear in the 1.40m, and Quidam's Cherie, did the same in the 1.50m. 

The Nations Cup team for the CSIO5* event was Denis Lynch on All Star, Cameron Hanley on Antello Z, Billy Twomey on Diaghilev and Cian O'Connor on Quidam's Cherie and Blue Loyd. Ireland started fourth out of eight, with clear rounds for Billy, Denis and Cian. Cian, on Quidam’s Cherie, went clear in the second round, helping Team Ireland to finish in joint third place with Team GBR. 

Cian rode Blue Loyd again on Sunday with only two down in the €200,000 CSIO5* Longines Grand Prix.

Cian said he was pleased with the overall results at La Baule, adding "Blue Loyd was clear in two smaller classes during the week and had two down in today's 1.60m Grand Prix. He jumped really well, but he hasn't jumped a track as big and as wide since last August in Dublin, so needless to say he needed the run, which he will come on from over the next few weeks... Quidam’s Cherie was super in the Nation's Cup and I'm so pleased with how she's turning out!"

Cian also had an excellent result from his new mount, Ghana, an 8yr old mare by Vigo x Cash, jumping double clear in the ranking class. She joined the Karlswood stable only last week heading straight into her first competition at La Baule.

Weather shortens a successful few days at Le Touquet

At Le Touquet, Blue Loyd, Quidam’s Cherie and Quidam’s Flower were, once again, clear in all classes they jumped, while Nikki Walker jumped clear with her new ride, Cooper. Blue Loyd jumped a great round in the Grand Prix qualifier to finish 3rd.

With poor weather setting in and deteriorating ground conditions, Cian decided to save the horses for another day and packed up at Le Touquet on Saturday, to give the horses a few days' break before starting preparation for the CSIO5* Furusiyya Nations Cup at La Baule, France.

Three double clears for Karlswood in France

It was a great weekend in Fontainebleau with Blue Loyd, Quidam's Cherie and Quidam's Flower jumping clears in all the classes competed in. Flower was double clear in Sunday's small GP, Loyd was double clear in Friday's GP Qualifier and Cherie was clear in Saturday's GP Qualifier - and double clear, placing 2nd in Sunday's Grand Prix! Fontainebleau is a great arena and all horses are set up well for La Baule in two weeks' time.

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