International Showjumper Conor Swail
Showjumper Conor Swail, based in Co Down, first entered the world of show jumping by competing on the pony circuit as a member of two teams in the European Championship and winning the team bronze with Hampton Bridge.
It was with a castrated horse named Rivaal that Conor's talent was exposed and together the association rapidly increased through international rankings, with Grand Prix victories along with the top of the Nations Cup in Lummen, Linz, Drammen, Paris. and Athens. Then in 2007, Conor was selected as part of Aga Khan's team, which had been a dream for Conor Swail.
Two years later, in 2009, on a trip to the Netherlands, with business partner Barry O 'Connor, they saw a seven-year-old Guidam stallion. It was his relationship with Landsdowne, where they finished second in the World Cup and third in the Toronto Grand Prix, which resulted in an offer by Ontario-based horse owners to become their number one stable rider.
In November 2013, Conor Swail collected the Royal Show, Canada, the International Leading Leader award based on his successes during the week in which he claimed the third place in the Power and Speed class with Ariana, first place in the welcome competition 1m50 solera aboard Game Ready, third in the McKee International speed competition, riding the Arista de Ecuries d'Eccassinnes, fourth in the 80,000 euro Hickstead FEI World Cup Grand Prix and finished the show with the trophies of Jump-Off and Top Score competition.
In December 2013, Conor Swail, for the first time, took the lead among Irish cyclists in the official Longines World Show jump ranking, at no. 27)
In early 2016, Conor Swail had one of his biggest careers wins to date when he captured RBC Bank's $ 500,000 Rolex Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows five-star show in Canada with his regular Grand Prix horse. Martha Louise.
In late 2016, it was announced that Conor would no longer be the retained horseman for Canadians Lothlorien Farms, an association that had been in existence for several years as Conor wants to establish his own stables.
In March 2017, Conor Swail was part of the Irish team that won the Wellington Nations Cup in Florida, USA, for the third time in history and the second year in a row.