• 27 July 2014, 21:16

WORLD Equestrian Games-bound Sam Watson won the Castleacre Insurance Brokers and Chubb insurances CIC three star event at Camphire in Waterford today (Sunday).

It has been a big week for the Carlow-based rider, following the birth of his second son Toby earlier in the week. When a minor injury kept his WEG mount Horseware Bushman out of Camphire it looked like his chances of winning had gone. 

However, his upcoming nine year-old Horseware Lukeswell came up trumps with a stunning performance. The pair led after dressage with an impressive 42.3,  followed with a clear in show jumping and then had the fastest cross country clear of the day to see off 41 other combinations.

They finished comprehensive winners over Great Britain’s Flora Harris and Australia’s Lucinda Fredericks.

Horseware Lukeswell is an Irish Sport Horse by Puissance.

The other Irish winner of the weekend was Ciaran Glynn who piloted the 7 year-old Gee Que gelding by Guidam to win the CIC two star.

The CCI two star was won by Great Britain’s David Doel. The CCI one star class went to another British rider, Heidi Woodhead. The CIC one star was won by the USA’s Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp.

The young rider CIC two star went to Great Britain’s Sophie How with the CIC one star young horse class bring picked up by British star Laura Collet.

Ireland's Sam Watson

Ireland’s Sam Watson