Cian O’Connor and his horse Kilkenny have withdrawn from the team competition this weekend.
Following yesterday’s individual final, the Gowran bred horse suffered a nose-bleed towards the end of the round however the vet said that he’s comfortable and back to normal.
However, O’Connor withdrew himself and the horse citing Kilkenny’s well-being as the reason.
Speaking after the individual event, Cian said:
“I couldn’t be happier with him,” said O’Connor. “To finish seventh at the Olympic Games for such a young and inexperienced horse, I’m very happy.”
After the event and having being examined by the Team Ireland Veterinarian Marcus Swail, he said, “Kilkenny recovered quickly, and all vitals were normal. He was subject to further examination at the on-site veterinary clinic and the horse is now comfortable and back in his stable.”
O’Connor then made the decision to withdraw from the team competition this weekend, “I’ve decided not to put Kilkenny forward for the team competition as his well-being comes first. I have no doubt we will have much success together in the future.”