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From Doha to Lier, with Rio in mind

Hey Guys,

I’m writing to you on my flight from Doha to Brussels. The Global Tour final marked the end of the outdoor season for most of us. A fabulous venue and a wonderful show in every way. The Global Tour has really raised the profile of the sport on a global level and offers a wonderful spectacle and package for the sponsors involved to enjoy. I must say it’s been 7 weeks since I jumped a show of that level which was in Barcelona and unwittingly am at a disadvantage to those doing it more frequently. It’s all about horses and my current plan is to keep building my team of horses so I can get into the top 30 in the Longines World Rankings by next summer which will allow me automatic access to the Global Tour shows.

Good Luck has learned a lot in our first year together and now he will get a nice two month break in Florida ahead of next season. We have developed a good partnership together and I feel that next season a lot of the greenness will have been ironed out and he will really hit the ground running! It’s important to aim him at the biggest courses with the biggest prize money as there is no track he can’t jump. The final of the Global Champion’s Tour was not ideal in that the time allowed was so short, it forced me to gallop very early on which meant the horse was open and long, and then when I ran deep to the third last the horse was out the front door! I have always felt that top level should be a jumping test with a neat time allowed but in fact it was not as big as I would have hoped and nowhere on the course had you time to add a stride or regroup. I won’t over jump him in Florida next year as the focus is solely on getting him to Rio.

Before the year ends it looks like we will have our hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in relation the to the Aachen incident. I’m extremely confident that we will win that case with the end result being Horse Sport Ireland being awarded a team place for Ireland at the Rio Olympics.

Next weekend I jump at the 2 star show in Lier, Belgium where I take Saphir, Under Fire and Sam du Challois.

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Best Wishes,