Team GAIN rider Cian O’Connor truimph in HOYS Grand Prix
Team GAIN rider Cian O’Connor was crowned Leading Show Jumper of the Year, after winning the curtain-closing Grand Prix at The Horse Of The Year Show in Birmingham. O’Connor produced an outstanding double clear round with the 10-year-old gelding Super Sox, stopping the clock in 32.49 seconds to take the title by four hundredths of a second ahead of British legend John Whitaker riding Ornellaia.
Just seven of the 32 starters managed to jump clear over a testing first round course and London Olympic Bronze meddalist O’Connor was in unstoppable form, posting what proved the winning round with Super Sox, who is owned by Chansonette Farm LLC & Ronnoco Jump Ltd.
O’Connor’s win also saw him crowned leading rider of the show following a string of top placings at the British venue. Speaking afterwards Cian O’Connor said: “I was going for a walk this morning, and I thought back to my last time here two years ago, and I had to leave here after the second day because I got the very sad news that my mum had passed away. My mum was always the type of person who would do anything for you, and I just thought I am going to win that Grand Prix tonight, and if I do, I will dedicate it to my mum. There are certain shows that you want to go well at during the year, and this is one of them. I am thrilled with this win, Super Sox was outstanding and I am over the moon to get my hands on this prestigious trophy.”