London Olympic Games Bronze medalist Cian O’Connor has added a new Irish Sport Horse to his string – the nine Year Old mare Cybel II.
Speaking to the Irish Horse Gateway Cian O’Connor stated “I’ve been following Cybel for some time now and watched Jess and her develop with great success. Last Friday I was in Drammen where the pair jumped clear and four in the Nations Cup. I liked what I saw and decided to take the gamble“.
Having already recorded some top placings in Grand Prix classes such as Chepstow, Keysoe and Oliva the Norwegian show of Drammen provided the setting for twenty-three Year Old Jessica Dimmock and the Sligo-bred Cybel II to make an impressive Nations Cup debut for Team Great Britain. Their 0/4 result meant that the young pair pulled off the best result for their Nation, who finished in fifth place. It was of course Team Ireland that were victorious in the Nations Cup event.
Jessica Dimmock announced the news of the sale on her Facebook page this afternoon stating “One of the hardest decisions I have had to make, today Cybel left for her new home with Cian O’Connor. The most talented horse I have ever ridden with a massive heart. Lots of great memories, thank you Cybel and I will miss you. A very exciting new partnership and I wish them both all the success in the world.”
Cian O’Connor added that “the plan is that I’ll keep the horse for myself to ride and get to know her when I’m back competiing next month, with the goal of building out partnership towards a few major targets later in the summer”.
Cybel II was bred in County Sligo by Dr. Heinrich Anhold and is by the stallion Varo. Her dam, Freidas Ramona, spent her most recent years in the breeding in Galway with Shane and Patrick Connolly, whose horses carry the prominent CSF Prefix.
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