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Aidan O’Connell has been riding since he was a child. At the age of 16 he began a serious career in show jumping, and trained with many international instructors. He has competed Grade A (highest level) show jumpers and was successful at all the major international horse shows in Ireland, and won the Dublin Horse Show on his famous little horse "Suntan".

In 1969 Aidan trained and rode his first steeplechase winner, and in subsequent years went on to compete in over 150 races including the formidable English Grand National at Aintree!

As a professional horse trainer, Aidan has had many successes in Ireland and abroad. Some of his horses reached the highest levels in their respective disciplines.

Aidan hunts almost every day of the season, both in Ireland and abroad. He is continually schooling and educating young horses whose futures may lie in the hunting, eventing or show jumping disciplines. This is also the best way for him to find talented young horses for his extensive overseas clientele.

Aidan has been able to develop a unique training program that benefits all riders, from beginners and pleasure riders to the serious advanced competitor. His clinics emphasize safety in the hunt field and cross country jumping by improving balance and building confidence.

Aidan teaches clinics in Ireland, Germany, and the United States. Always in the public eye, Aidan is known for his keen sense of fashion and style. 

His instructional video "Crossing The Irish Banks" is well respected as an invaluable training tool both in Ireland and abroad.

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