Irish riders win big at Camphire International Horse Trials 

Irish event riders claimed victory in the two big classes at Camphire International Horse Trials over the weekend. 

Cathal Daniels climbed from overnight second to win the Sema Lease CCI3* with Sammy Davis Junior. Daniels finished with four penalties in the final show jumping phase, and when leader New Zealand’s Tim Price had two fences down with Ascona M, Daniels took winner’s trophy. Price finished second with Kincooley Cruising with Ascona M dropping to third. 

Irish riders also dominated the final standings in the Cahervillahow CIC3*, with Padraig McCarthy

leading from start to finish to claim victory. McCarthy and the 13-year-old gelding Mr Chunky, finished on a final score of 27.2 after adding just 0.4 time penalties Cross Country to their Dressage score of 26.8. The pair were recently named on the Irish Eventing Squad for the World Equestrian Games. 

Irish riders filled all of the top three places on the podium with Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound finishing second on 27.4, a combination who have also been chosen to travel to Tryon for the World Equestrian Games, while Ciaran Glynn took third place with November Night. 

Horse Sport Ireland Eventing Team Manager Sally Corscadden said: “This was a great weekend and brilliant for Team Ireland to win both three-star classes at Camphire against top international competition. Our riders produced very professional performances which gives us great confidence in our preparations for the World Equestrian Games. I have to thank the organisers for producing such good courses with great ground conditions in both the Cross Country and Show Jumping and the landowners and sponsors for putting on such a high class competition.”

HSI CEO Ronan Murphy added: “This was another great result for our Eventing riders to win the two biggest competitions on offer at Camphire and another boost for all involved in our High Performance Programme as we get closer to the World Equestrian Games.”

The Castleacre CCI2* went to New Zealand’s Jonelle Price and Hester, ahead of countryman James Avery with Mr Sneezy, their fourth competition together after taking on the ride from Holly Woodhead. Emily Corbett and Leapfrog finished in third.

The GAIN Equine Nutrition CIC2* saw victory going to Austalian Kevin McNab with Willunga, just ahead of Galway’s Cathal Daniels and LEB Lias Jewel in second. McNab also finished in third with Wonham What Next. 

The Eventing Ireland CCI* was won by Amelia King and Regal Mix with Francis Whittington taking second with DHI Fiktor Nita and Harriet Dickin in third with Threerocks Peggy Bawn. 

Irish riders filled the top two places in the Waterford County Council CIC1*, with victory going to Michael Ryan and TR Kaygraff ahead of Sarah Ennis in second with Grantstown Jackson. JP Sheffield finished in third with Woodlander Wesuvio. 

The Horse Sport Ireland CICYH1* for 6-year-old’ class was won by Britain’s Jodie Amos with Carsonstown Do It Tomorrow. Sarah Ennis finished in second (Tullabeg Tango) with Jane O’Flynn in third (Merrywell tradition).