Olympic bronze medallist Cian O'Connor has been presented with The Irish Field's prestigious 2012 senior show jumper of the year award. Cian overcame a number of late challenges to take his place in the showjumping final at London 2012 and went on to secure the bronze medal on Blue Loyd 12, who was then owned by the rider and the O'Reilly Hylands.
O'Connor and Blue Loyd 12 returned to the Dublin Horse Show, where they joined three other Irish combinations to land the Aga Khan Trophy. It was the first time Ireland had won the historic trophy in eight years, a victory that O'Connor was also part of. He had shown good form earlier in the season at Wellington in Florida and on a tour in the United Arab Emirates, along with the Nations Cup shows around Europe.
"2012 was a really amazing year for me and I am deeply honoured that The Irish Field has seen fit to acknowledge my achievements with this award," said O'Connor. "In particular, I am delighted that such a prestigious publication has recognised the significance of my Olympic bronze medal - the first Olympic equestrian medal ever to be won in Ireland's long and distinguished history in the sport.
"I would like to dedicate this award to all the great Irish riders who have preceded me, the people who over decades made this country a byword for equestrian excellence and to whom we all owe a great debt of gratitude."
Source: Press release from Horse Sport Ireland.
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