TRM Olympians – Taking on Tokyo 2020: CIAN O’ CONNOR

TRM Olympians – Taking on Tokyo 2021

We have started a series of articles to look at some of the TRM ambassadors that are on the count down to representing their respective nations in the XXXII Olympiad due to be held in city of Tokyo between the 23rd July to 8th August.

Part 3 in the TRM Olympian Series is one of TRM’s longest and most decorated ambassadors – Irish Showjumper and Olympic bronze medallist

CIAN O’CONNOR – Ireland

The FEI database states that Cian has 76 wins at FEI level, however it is his ‘Team’ record that is of particular note. O’Connor is a team player and takes huge pride in wearing the Tri colour since his first appearance in a Nations Cup for Ireland at the age of 19, Cian has gone on to achieve a remarkable record on the Irish team, with over 130 appearances to date under his country’s flag. Cian does not chase world ranking points; his passion lies with representing Ireland and Olympic glory is high on his agenda.

Regularly put as anchor man by various Team Ireland Chief D’equipes it is his execution of clear rounds under intense pressure that is the hallmark of many memorable days for Irish equestrianism.

Beginnings

No stranger to the winner’s podium, winning at Championships when he gets the chance, is what Cian is good at. Riding in his second Olympics in London in 2012 O’Connor and the bay, gelding, Blue Loyd pulled out all the stops to secure what is still Irelands only Olympic medal to date and took home the Individual Bronze medal. Continuously sourcing and producing horses that are capable of winning at the very highest level globally is what Cian does best.

Success Continues

O’Connor was a member of the winning Irish team at the European Show Jumping Championships in 2017, after a 16-year absence from the podium by Ireland. 

He also took an individual bronze medal at these championships in Gothenburg.

Recent Years

Cian is married to Ruth and they have two children, Ben and Cara. He competes at the very top level of international Showjumping across the globe. Known for his rigorous planning and attention to detail, Cian and his Karlswood team spend a considerable part of the year traveling the globe. Between competing at the world’s top shows as well as guiding the careers of a talented roster of dedicated clients whom he also coaches, the future is bright for the Karlswood team.

 

Sporting philosophy / motto:

Tokyo Olympics

Cian has been nominated for selection by Irish team manager Michael Blake and is ready to Take on Tokyo and bring home the Olympic Gold on his mount ‘Kilkenny’ an Irish bred, grey gelding. Along with team-mates – Bertram Allen, Darragh Kenny and Shane Sweetnam Ireland have never had such a strong representation at Olympic level.

 

TRM are the official feed supplement providers to Team Ireland equestrian across all Olympic disciplines and will support all the Equine athletes traveling to Tokyo next month.

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TRM Olympians – Taking on Tokyo 2020: SHANE ROSE

TRM Olympians – Taking on Tokyo 2021

We have started a series of articles to look at some of the TRM ambassadors that are on the count down to representing their respective nations in the XXXII Olympiad due to be held in city of Tokyo between the 23rd July to 8th August.

In PART2 of our TRM Olympic Ambassadors we take a look at one of our prominent eventers….

SHANE ROSE – Australia

Australian, Shane Rose is a dual Olympic medallist in the sport of 3-day eventing. From his first mount, an 8h Shetland pony called ‘Mickey Mouse’, Shane has reached the pinnacle of his sport and aims to once again represent Australia at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics later this year.

The TRM Ambassador is currently ranked 18th in the FEI World Rankings and has 58 FEI wins at the highest level to his name.

Beginnings

In 1994, when Shane was 21, he realised his first goal, representing Australia in the Young Rider Trans Tasman competition with Mr Joe Cool. They won both the NZ Young Rider One- & Three-Day championships and the team won the Young Rider Trans Taman trophy for the first time.

In 1996 Shane was selected on the squad to the Atlanta Olympic Games and went to the States with Mr Joe Cool. In 1998, Shane went to Rome with It’s A Knockout and rode at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) as a member of the Australian team.

After setting up his base, ‘Bimbadeen Park’ in Werombi, NSW, Australia, with his partner Niki Chapman in 2003 the hard work and dedication were becoming evident in his results – All Luck and Shane on their Burghley CCI**** debut in 2006 finished 3rd.

Success Continues

In 2008, Shane and Lucky were selected for the Beijing Olympic Games. Lucky came out all guns blazing for the cross country and clocked up the best cross-country round of the day. Shane and Lucky were members of the Team that won the Silver Medal at the Olympic Games.

Since then, Shane has been selected to ride in another two Australian teams, firstly at the 2012 London Olympics with Taurus and then again at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, where after the unfortunate withdrawal of the wonderful CP Qualified, Shane and Taurus finished as part of the 5th placed Australian team. The team successfully qualified Australia a place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games; as part of this team, riding Cp Qualified, they took home the Team Bronze medal. 

Shane is a five-time winner of the Anna Savage Medal, which is presented to the best and fairest Australian eventing rider. (olympics.com.au, 12 Jul 2016)

Tokyo Olympics

Speaking abut his horses and his passion to represent Australia at the Olympic games, Shane has this to say…

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TRM Olympians – Taking on Tokyo 2020: RODRIGO PESSOA

TRM Olympians – Taking on Tokyo 2021

We will begin a series of articles and look at some of the TRM ambassadors that are on the count down to representing their respective nations in the XXXII Olympiad due to be held in city of Tokyo between the 23rd July to 8th August.

First in the TRM Olympians series we will look at our most decorated Olympic Medallist….

RODRIGO PESSOA – Brazil

Rodrigo (born 29 November 1972 in Paris, France) is a Brazilian equestrian show jumper. An Olympic gold-medallist in individual jumping, won in Athens in 2004 riding the exuberant, chestnut stallion – Baloubet du Rouet. His Gold medal in Athens is in addition to two Team Bronze medals with team Brazil in 1996 and 2000. He is an accomplished rider backed by over 70 Grand Prix wins. In total Rodrigo has represented Brazil at six Olympic Games, six World Equestrian Games, four Pan American Games and fourteen World Cup Finals.

Beginnings

In 1992 Rodrigo rode Special Envoy in the Olympic Games in Barcelona for Brazil, making him one of the youngest riders to compete in the Olympics at the age of 19. In 1996 he again rode in the Olympics in Atlanta and helped Brazil win the bronze medal with Loro Piana Tom Boy. In October of 1998 aboard Gandini Lianos, Rodrigo became the youngest ever World Champion at FEI World Equestrian Games in Rome.

Baloubet du Rouet was a special horse for Rodrigo not only wining the gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics but also winning the World Cup title three times – writing themselves into the history books.

 

Success Continues

Rodrigo Pessoa was awarded the 2010 Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Diploma for his generous act of fair play during the World Championship Final Four at the World Equestrian Games. He was competing for the individual gold in the final four where competitors ride each other’s horses and he gave advice to one of his fellow competitors on how best to ride Rodrigo’s own horse Rebozza. His generous spirited gesture was acknowledged by the spectators in Kentucky and by Show Jumping fans around the globe.

In 2012, Rodrigo Pessoa was chosen as Brazil’s flag bearer at the Olympic Games in London.

In 2014, Rodrigo Pessoa, who speaks English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, was elected by his fellow riders as Athlete representative on the FEI (World Governing Body for Equestrian Sport) Jumping Committee. Rodrigo is a former President of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC).

Rodrigo Pessoa has also been a coach and trainer to many top riders around the world and in 2017 he decided to take on a new challenge of officially coaching the Irish championship team. This new endeavour produced a team gold medal from the European Championships in Gothenburg and several 5* Nation’s Cup victories as well as securing Olympic qualification for the Irish Showjumping team in Tokyo.

Strong Connections

Rodrigo is the son of Show Jumping legend Nelson Pessoa, and both Rodrigo and his father have had strong connections with Irish Show Jumping throughout their illustrious careers. Nelson Pessoa achieved worldwide success riding a number of Irish Sport Horses, including the gelding Special Envoy (ISH), with whom Nelson finished as runner-up in the 1991 World Cup final at Gothenburg in Sweden. Rodrigo Pessoa later took over the ride of Special Envoy from his father and together they went on to record a top 10 finish in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In Recent Years

In recent years, Rodrigo and Alexa decided to relocate their family to the United States. They are currently operating a training stable out of Connecticut where they live with their daughters. Rodrigo and his family split their time between the US and their base in Belgium.


Hard work, planning and attention to detail are the corner stones to Pessoa success, right down to his choice of feed supplements.

Tokyo Olympics

After playing a pivotal role in securing an Olympic position for Team Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics, will we see Rodrigo stand on the podium this summer and bring home yet another Olympic medal for Brazil?