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Cian O’Connor shows brilliant form again with Be Gentle in Prize of Sparkasse

Friday, 15 July 2016
CSIO5* Aachen 2016

Cian O'Connor with Be Gentle. Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle
Cian O'Connor secured another win with Be Gentle at CHIO Aachen. Photo (c) Tiffany Van Halle

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor has a brilliant week so far at CHIO Aachen. Aboard Be Gentle he secured his second victory today in the Prize of Sparkasse – a speed and handiness competition over ditches and banks. After his first victory with Be Gentle (Ticallux Verte x Gentleman) on Tuesday, Cian O’Connor again finished on top aboard Lillie Keenan’s mare.

In a time of 72.42 seconds, Cian O’Connor was not to be beaten with Be Gentle, who jumped around the hunting competition like a regular course. Germany’s Janne Friederike Meyer came closest riding Chloe (Chippendale Z x Quicksilver), but ended up as runner-up in 72.80 seconds. Only 0.14 seconds slower, Great Britain’s Guy Williams finished into third place with Casper de Muze (Triomphe de Muze x Corsaire de Vaubain). Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano became fourth, followed by Mexico’s Federico Fernandez.

Text © World of Showjumping by Peter van der Waaij // Picture © Tiffany Van Halle

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