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O'Connor's Puissance Victory Equals All-Time Record

Twenty-two yr old Irish rider Cian O'Connor lived up to his promise at today's (Saturday) Kerrygold Horse Show in Dublin with a breathtaking win in the Puissance competition, equalling the all-time RDS height record of 2m25 (7'5").

Having signalled his determination to please the home crowd with the only Irish clear round in the Aga Khan Trophy competition on Friday, the young Kildare rider rode <Irish Independent Casper> clear in the fifth round to equal the record set in 1998, and beat a crack international field of eight other riders.

O'Connor was one of three left in the fifth round jump-off, but both Britain's Tim Stockdale on the Puissance veteran <Fresh Direct Wiston Bridget> and France's Christian Hermon on <Fucson de Granlieu> toppled the coping of the giant wall. O'Connor and his ten year-old grey gelding were last to jump, and cleared the wall with apparent ease, picking up prize money of Eur 6,250. The Kerrygold appearance was <Irish Independent Casper's> first ever Puissance competition.

Earlier in the day, O'Connor was one of a giant field of 22 riders who qualified for the jump-off in the Kerrygold Mini Grand Prix, and finished in Fourth place, riding <ABC Landliebe>. The morning competition was won by Italy's Bruno Chimirri on <Australe>, while Irish rider Cameron Hanley took Third with <Gypsy de Bacon>.


International Jumping Competition
Table A 1m40 with one jump-off
Saturday, August 10th 2002

1) AUSTRALE; Bruno CHIMIRRI (ITA) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 35.27
2) MR SPRINGFIELD; Robert SMITH (GBR) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 35.32
3) GYPSY DE BACON; Cameron HANLEY (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 35.74
4) ABC LANDLIEBE; Cian O'CONNOR (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 Time 35.86
International Jumping Competition - Puissance
Grand Prix Qualifier
Saturday, August 10th 2002

1) IRISH INDEPENDENT CASPER; Cian O'CONNOR (IRL) Prize Money Eur 6250 Faults 0.00/0.00/0.00/0.00/0.00
=2) PEDRO; Johan PHILIPPAERTS (BEL) Prize Money Eur 3475 Faults 0.00/ 0.00/0.00/0.00/4.00
=2) FRESH DIRECT WISTON BRIDGET;Tim STOCKDALE (GBR) Prize Money Eur 3475 Faults 0.00/0.00/0.00/0.00/4.00
=4) LAROSHELLE; Ernst WETTSTEIN (SUI) Prize Money Eur 1634 Faults 0.00/0.00/4.00
=4) ENVOYE SPECIAL; Patrice DELAVEAU (FRA) Prize Money Eur 1634 Faults 0.00/0.00/4.00
=4) DREAMPOINT; Dennis COAKLEY (IRL) Prize Money Eur 1634 Faults 0.00/0.00/4.00
7) FUCSON DE GRANLIEU; Christian HERMON (FRA) Prize Money Eur 600 Faults 0.00/0.00/ELM
8) ANTHEM; Dermott LENNON (IRL) Prize Money Eur 300 Faults 0.00/0.00/RET

Ireland's Edward Doyle on <Cor d'Alme Z> retired after a refusal at the Puissance wall in the first round


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