Cian O’Connor

Cian O'Connor

I always wear a hat in training – flatting and jumping – because I can’t afford not to be in work. I can’t afford to have an accident, and you never know with horses. While these horses are well-trained and experienced, they’re unpredictable animals and you just don’t want to take that risk, and that’s why Charles Owen hats keep me and my team safe all the time.


2004 – Competed in the Athens Olympics
2009 – 2nd in the World Cup Qualifier and Leading Rider of the show
2010 – Competed in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
2012 – Individual Bronze at the London Olympic Games
2017 – Team Gold and Individual Bronze at the European Championships

Notable Horses

Waterford Crystal, Irish Independent Casper, Irish Independent Echo Beach, Complete, Splendor, Blue Lloyd 12, Rancorrado, K Club Lady, Larkhill Cruiser, Good Luck



International Grand Prix Show Jumper

Cian O’Connor was born in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Belvedere College. He began hunting with his father at age 14 and started training with Gerry Mullins when he was 17.

Cian rode in his first Nations Cup just two years later and has since represented Ireland more than 100 times.

Highlights of his career include winning individual bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games and being a member of the Irish Nations Cup team that won that Aga Khan Trophy at the Dublin Horse Show that same year. He regularly competes on Nations Cup teams for Ireland.

Cian O’Connor and his wife Ruth Maybin have two children. He is currently based at his own Karlswood stables in County Meth, Ireland. He has become well known and sought after as a coach, and his team of dedicated riders also spend part of each year in Germany and Florida.

Cian O’Connor’s helmet of choice