Thursday, 15 June 2017 CSI5* CSI2* CSIAm-A CSIYH1* GHPC

First start and first victory at GHPC Austria for Cian O’Connor

The hot topic for International Show Jumping at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER Austria this weekend is Ireland and one rider has evidently brought the “luck of the Irish” along. Because, on his first appearance at GHPC Austria, Irishman Cian O’Connor immediately collected a five-star victory. For the GLOCK’s 5* Opening Competition he saddled up the twelve-year-old Swiss stallion Copain du Perchet CH, putting on an outstanding performance in this test over 1.45 m. With a penalty-free round with a time of 65.17 seconds, the duo left the other 73 participating duos with no chance and O’Connor could celebrate his first place. “I’m so happy to have been able to take part in this wonderful event for the first time. It’s great to have dealt with the first test so quickly, because that creates a great impetus for the weekend. In the Grand Prix on Sunday I won’t be riding this horse but rather one of my students’. For now I’m hoping that this weekend will carry on as well as it began.”

Jur Vrieling (NED) with Corporal VDL, bred from Cardento, was closest to victory because, at 65.31 seconds, he was only 14 hundredths behind Cian O’Connor. His compatriot, two-times Olympic winner Jeroen Dubbeldam, came third with his BWP mare Gioia van het Neerenbosch (0/68.53). The only Austrian to achieve a placing was Max Kühner (T), coming tenth with nine-year-old Zangersheide stallion Alfa Jordan (0/73.26).

01 CSI5* GLOCK’s Opening Competition
International jumping competition against the clock 1.45 m

1. Copain du Perchet CH - O’Connor, Cian (IRL) 0/65.17
2. Corporal VDL - Vrieling, Jur (NED) 0/65.31
3. Gioia van het Neerenbosch - Dubbeldam, Jeroen (NED) 0/68.53
4. Dallas Vdl - Vrieling, Jur (NED) 0/68.78
5. Coranto - Muff, Werner (SUI) 0/68.94
6. Alicante - Guery, Jérome (BEL) 0/68.96
7. Don Diego - Schröder, Gerco (NED) 0/70.3
8. Chesall Zimequest - Delestre, Simon (FRA) 0/70.91
9. Icos - Philippaerts, Olivier (BEL) 0/73.03
10.Alfa Jordan - Kühner, Max (AUT/T) 0/73.26
11.Cristo - Fuchs, Martin (SUI) 0/73.57
12.Indi - Meyer-Zimmermann, Janne F. (GER) 0/73.64
13.Rmf Zecilie - Lynch, Denis (IRL) 0/78.10
14.Chadino - Delestre, Simon (FRA) 0/78.36
15.Constable II - Kraut, Laura (USA) 0/79.80
16.Comme Il Faut - Ehning, Marcus (GER) 1/81.68
17.Instit de Jucaso - Guery, Jérome (BEL) 1/81.95
18.Dino W - Allen, Bertram (IRL) 1/84.21
19.H&M Zilverstar T - Philippaerts, Nicola (BEL) 1/84.99
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Spurred by the Irish theme at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER, Cian O’Connor (IRL) succeeded in winning the GLOCK’s 5* Opening Competition on Copain du Perchet CH. © Nini Schäbel

An effortless, error-free round in the GLOCK’s 5* Opening Competition helped Cian O’Connor (IRL) on Copain du Perchet CH to victory. © Michael Rzepa

Fast and penalty-free, Jur Vrieling (NED) and Corporal VDL were rewarded with second place in the GLOCK’s 5* Opening Competition. © Michael Rzepa

Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED), with Gioia van het Neerenbosch, came third in the GLOCK’s 5* Opening Competition. © Michael Rzepa

Austria’s Max Kühner (T) came tenth with Alfa Jordan in the GLOCK’s 5* Opening Competition. © Michael Rzepa