Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

News: 2013

Another great year at London's Olympia

  • Cian's new 8 year old mare Quidam's Cherie

Cian had a great end to one of the world's best indoor shows - London Olympia on Sunday. Blue Loyd was drawn 29th of 34 starters, and jumped a brilliant clear in the Grand Prix but unfortunately was a little tired in the jump off and had 2 fences down. Overall, Cian was pleased with his performance.

Both Cooper and Cian's new 8 year old mare Quidam's Cherie jumped well all week and ended the year on a good note.

The horses now have a few easy days before 11 of them fly to Miami on the 27th for the Winter Equestrian Festival in Palm Beach. The Karlswood team's next show is the Donald Trump Invitational on January 5th in Palm Beach, where Cian will ride Cooper.

Cian in the money in Parma

Cian and his three horses performed well last weekend at the inaugural indoor international event in Parma, Italy. Cooper was double clear on the opening day in the 1.40m class to place 7th and jumped really well in the GP when just knocking one fence and having a time fault. Carolus Z really jumped out of his skin when taking runner up spot in Friday’s one round GP qualifier. Cian rode Nicole Walker’s talented 7 yr old gelding Saphir in the 1.35m classes and was double clear on Saturday.

Cian said afterwards, "This was a great show for my horses as a warm up for Olympia in London next month. There was a lot of atmosphere here and plenty to distract the horses, so it will stand to them later I'm sure." 

Photos from CSI-W Verona

  • Cooper making little of the feature class on Day 1
  • Cooper
  • Cooper showing off his tidy front end
  • Cooper
  • Carolus Z jumping the Grand Prix
  • Dual Star
  • Dual Star was placed in the opening class

Cooper Double Clear

Cooper jumped a double clear round in Friday's 1.55m in Verona, Italy

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:

Irish Horse TV Interview

Cian chats to Sophie D’Alton of Horse Sport Ireland in an Irish Horse TV exclusive. Cian talks of his many past triumphs and looks forward to a bright future.

Schooling the young horses at Ravensdale

  • Hugo at Ravesndale
  • Campino at Ravensdale
  • Carolus Z at Ravensdale

ALL HORSES jumped well for Cian at the weekend's Ravensdale Show in Co. Louth. Cian brought the young horses for a school and was pleased with their performances. Among them were two new 5 year olds, Hugo and Campino, both jumping well.

Cian kicked off the opening leg of the Gain/Alltech Autumn Grand Prix league with new mount Carolus Z, a big, rideable horse with a great character. Carolus Z has been successful internationally prior to his arrival at Karslwood. He was double clear and placed third in the Grand Prix - an encouraging start to the partnership.

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