Camphire International Horse Trials 2018

  • 25 July 2018, 16:08

The Camphire International Horse Trials are set to take place at Cappoquin in Co. Waterford this weekend, Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th of July. Camphire is the fourth leg of the Eventing Challenge series sponsored by Horse sport Ireland, with a prize fund of €10,000 for the Eventing champion (three podium finishes in three of the CCI or CIC 2* classes), which spans six events in total. Other classes at the Trials include the Horse Sport Ireland CICYH1*, and Irish Horse Gateway Masterclasses for four- and five-year-olds.

There are 205 provisional entries for all classes at the Trials, from countries including Ireland, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Sweden. Irish International riders competing at the years event include Sarah Ennis, Padraig McCarthy, Cathal Daniels and Sam Watson, who have been selected to compete on the Eventing team at the FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon 2018! Also competing are Australia’s eventing legends Kevin and Emma McNab, and GB’s renowned Olympian Zara Tindall. Previous winners at the Trials include Tom McEwen (GBR), Camilla Speirs (IRL), Kevin McNab (AUS), Sofia Sjoborg (SWE), Christopher Burton (AUS), Emma McNab (AUS), Sam Watson (IRL) and Cathal Daniels (IRL).

If you’re planning to attend the Trials, and the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of Dressage is your preference as a spectator then certainly Friday the 27th is the day for you as this is when the CCI1*, 2* and 3*, as well as the Horse Sport Ireland CIC1* Young Horse dressage classes take place. If you’re here for the adrenaline, then Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th are packed with thrills (and possibly spills) with the majority of the Cross-country and Showjumping phases taking place on these days. If watching the young horses is what sparks your interest, then the Irish Horse Gateway Masterclasses for 5 and 4 year olds are taking place in the evening on Friday and Saturday respectively, and the CIC*YH takes place over all three days. Towards the end of the day on Sunday you can enjoy the anticipation and celebration of the prize-giving ceremonies.  A more detailed timetable of equestrian events, and further information on other activities available on-site and near-by over the weekend, as well as parking and other events at Camphire are available on the Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair webpage: You can follow the progress of the Eventing Challenge on social media @TeamIrelandEquestrian on Facebook, @TeamIRLEq on Twitter and @teamirleq on Instagram.

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