The Horse & Hound Podcast 59: Olympic showjumper Cian O’Connor | Fitness for amateur riders| News round-up

  • Episode 59 of The Horse & Hound Podcast, our popular audio service available exclusively every Thursday morning for our H&H Plus subscribers and currently supported by Petplan Equine, is now live.

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    In episode 59, top Irish showjumper Cian O’Connor, who will be riding at Tokyo, talks to H&H showjumping editor Jennifer Donald about how he approaches such a big event.

    “Any championship, in particular the Olympic Games, is about being able to deliver on the big day – is my horse fit? Is he healthy? Have I jumped him enough? How’s his rideability? What areas do I need to improve on? These are all things that need considering” – Cian O’Connor on preparing for an Olympic Games

    Moving on to the week’s top news stories, H&H editor Pippa Roome is joined by Horse & Hound’s news editor Eleanor Jones, senior news writer Lucy Elder and news writer Becky Murray to discuss horse registration for the Olympics, prosecution around an owner who didn’t call the vet and use of carpet in arena surfaces.

    “The pony had to be put down because his sarcoids were so bad” – Eleanor Jones on the recent welfare prosecution

    In this week’s advice section, we welcome personal trainer Katie Bleekman, who will be offering advice on how amateur riders should prepare themselves for competition.

    “Think about what is going to benefit you, your goals and your horse, and then train accordingly” – Katie Bleekman

    We hope you will enjoy our latest episode and would love to hear your feedback, so please do send your thoughts to pippa.roome@futurenet.com

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