British riders came out on top in four of the seven international classes at this weekend’s Camphire International Horse Trials.
The most impressive set of results went to Izzy Taylor, who dominated the GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech CIC*** taking first, second and third spots. Her win came aboard Trevidden, who has been entered for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 34. This follows on from their win in the CIC*** at Bramham earlier this year. Be Touchable took second place, adding 0.4 penalties on the cross country to finish on 37.5 with Perfect Stranger taking the final podium spot for Taylor with a score of 41.9.
The GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech CCI*** class was won by Tom McEwen and Fred and Penny Barker’s Strike Smartly. This was the pair’s second major win of the year, having previously won at Chatsworth in the CIC*** in May. It is their first season together and they have now qualified for Badminton with their string of top results.
McEwen was handed the win when both Sam Watson, riding Ardagh Highlight, and Olivia Craddock, riding Billy Liffy had eight faults in the show jumping, with the Brit finishing on his dressage score of 48. Watson finished in second with Craddock rounding off the podium.
Francis Whittington continued the British form, winning the Cahervillahow CCI* with Hope Over Experience, also finishing third with CHI Fiktor Nita. Whittinton also finished third in the CCI** WITH Nimrod II. And Holly Woodhead rounded off the British success winning the Eventing Ireland CIC* with Hannibal Von Kastanjenhof – their first attempt at this level – ahead of fellow Brit JP Sheffield (Woodlander Wesubio) and Ireland’s Ciara Power (Poynstown Jack).
Camilla Speirs buoyed Irish spirits with a win in the Castleacre Insurance Brokers CCI** with BT Cloud Nine, ahead of compatriot Sam Watson and Imperial Sky. Meanwhile, in the Horse Sport Ireland CIC** Australian Kevin McNab took a one two with Brookfield Inocent and Brookfield quality, with Meabh Bolger taking third with Killossery Athletic Touch.
And Irish made it a clean sweep of the podium in the Bucas CIC Young Horse One Star for six-year olds. Katie O Sullivan came out on top with SKD Cooley Lockdown with Michael Ryan taking second with Briarhill Marco and Sarah Ennis finishing third with Cooley Cosmopolitan Diamond.