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Sunday 4 December 2016

Meath's Marie wins O'Connor training

Published 19/07/2011 | 05:00

The lucky winner of the Farming Independent/AIRC competition for a week's training with top international showjumper Cian O'Connor was Marie Claire Bellew from Castle Hill Riding Club in Co Meath.

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Marie Claire (above), from The Minch, Laytown, Co Meath, competes in showjumping and, more recently, one-day eventing, with her horse Mossy Green.

The 16.2hh bay thoroughbred gelding is by Moscow Society and is an ex-chaser who used to run out of Willie Mullins' yard.

Marie Claire has owned him for more than five years since he finished his racing career and says he has adapted extremely well to life as a jumping horse.

Her prize is a week's training with Cian at his Karlswood Stables, including accommodation for both horse and rider, worth around €1,000.

Marie Claire's training sessions will feature in the equestrian pages of the Farming Independent in a future edition.

Cian said he was looking forward to welcoming Marie Claire and Mossy Green to his Co Meath base.

"These two are already jumping up to a metre so we can really get stuck in and help Marie Claire and Mossy Green to develop their technique round a course," he said. "It's great to get an established combination to work with."

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Meanwhile, entries for the Farming Independent/AIRC National Show Jumping Championships at Mullingar, Co Westmeath, last Sunday, were up on previous years.

Turn to page 13 to see some of the action from the day

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