CIAN O'CONNOR

EQUESTRIAN

Gender

Male

Discipline

Show Jumping

Personal Best

World Ranking (early July): 102

Date Of Birth

November 12, 1979

Hometown

Karlswood, Co Meath

BIOGRAPHY

Cian’s introduction to equestrianism started at the age of 14 through his father Tadhg’s love of horses. His first horse whom he shared with his father was a chestnut gelding called Radiman, whom Cian had great success with in hunter trial competitions.

Having ridden in his first Nations Cup for Ireland at the age of 19, Cian has gone on to achieve a remarkable record in selections for the Irish team, with 141 caps to date under his country’s flag.

To date Cian has competed at three Olympic Games, four World Championships and six European Championships.

In 2012, he won an individual bronze medal at the London Olympic Games with Blue Loyd and was a member of the Irish team that took a gold medal at the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2017, where he also won individual bronze, aboard Good Luck.

Cian has also played a prominent role in four Irish Aga Khan Trophy successes to date at the Dublin Horse Shows in 2004, 2012, 2015 and 2022.

In October 2019 Cian jumped clear as the anchor rider to help Ireland win the FEI Nations Cup final in Barcelona which, in turn, secured qualification for Tokyo Olympics 2020, where he placed 7th Individually with Kilkenny.

Cian lives at his stable named Karlswood, County Meath with his wife Ruth and their two children Ben and Cara. Karlswood was built around 3 years ago with the goal to provide enjoyment and a comfortable environment at Karlswood which allows horses and riders alike to develop and receive the best individual programme of care and training available. 

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