Whether it is a team sport or an individual show, people have been enjoying sports for centuries, and it plays a very crucial role in our society. Sports teams and athletes not only give us something to enjoy, but they also give us something to take pride in. Athletes make their nation proud even when they are standing on foreign soil, and that is the story of Conor Swail of Ireland. The international showjumper is not only of the most talented riders to come out of Ireland but is also the most successful one. With more than a hundred career wins, Conor Swail has been part of more than 1200 show jumping events. He has also taken part in several Grand Prix and Nation cups. But despite all the adventures, the man is not done yet! At the age of 49, the Irish champ is making a comeback, and he is here to stay.
Conor Swail is one of those athletes who were born to do what they do. Showjumping is not something that he picked later on in life. He had taken an interest in show jumping since he was a kid, and at the age of just six, he got to take part in one of the most important show jumping competitions in Ireland, the Dublin Horse Show. Later at the age of fourteen, Conor got to participate in his first ever international pony competition along with his team. That was his first international experience, which may not have ended in a big win, but it set things in course for him. In the year 1997, Conor Swail finally managed to make it big and took part in his first Nation Cups held in Austria.
For almost two years, Conor kept going back and forth between Ireland and Canada as he was regularly visiting a stable farm Lothlorien. The farm was owned by Sue Grange and John Grange and was a huge breeding and training center. There is no doubt in the fact that Conor Swail is one of the most important stable riders. He also has some great horses like Simba de la Roque, Martha Louis, Grand Cru, and Grafton.
It doesn’t matter what the competition is, Conor Swail steals the show wherever he goes and is an inspiration for thousands of young equestrians. In 2009 things changed dramatically for Conor; in his trip to the Netherlands, he came across a seven years old Guidam stallion. Later that year, he came second in the world cup and third in the Grand Prix in Canada. He also got to win the Canadian World Cup Grand Prix two years in a row with the prize money of $50,000. But the biggest win of Conor’s career came in 2016, where won RBC Bank $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix. However, later that year, the Lothlorien Farms didn’t retain Conor because he wanted to go away and set his own farms. In 2017 he joined Ireland back again and competed in the Nations Cup.
Now Conor Swail is back again, and we can only hope to see some wonderful performance from him.