The 2017 CCI3*** Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair which takes place on the historic and picturesque grounds of Camphire Estate, from Friday, 28th to Sunday, 30th July and will be run on the Wilks family Camphire Estate and on the adjoining Browne family farm on the banks of the Blackwater River in West Waterford and is less than one hour from Cork and Waterford cities.
The feature event this year will be the GAIN/Alltech Equine Nutrition CCI3***class, along with several classes for younger horses as well as a 1*competition for amateur riders. This year more than 300 horses are registered to compete, representing some of the best riders and horses from 10 nations including Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, USA and Germany.
International riders competing include Izzy Taylor, Francis Whittington, Sam Watson, Kieran Glynn and Waterford’s own Capt. Geoff Curran.
The new 3* challenging cross-country course designed by renowned Olympic and World Equestrian Games course designer Mike-Etherington-Smith along with Paul Brady covers 3½ miles with over 40 obstacles and should be a great test for both horse and rider.
Paul Brady, Event Organiser said, “It takes huge cost and support in order to be able to run an international event such as this and I give special thanks to our main sponsors GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech and also Bucas, Castlecare Insurance, Tom Murphy Car Sales VW, Horse Sport Ireland and Eventing Ireland for their continued support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our land owners, the Wilks and the Browne family for this spectacular venue, and also the wider local community and our large team of volunteers – without their support this event would be impossible to run.
This internationally recognised event attracts many overseas international and Olympic riders and plays host to thousands of visitors from home and abroad. It is a great opportunity for our riders and horses to perform to the highest international level here in Ireland, while also providing our breeders and producers with an international platform showcasing and promoting the very best of Irish bred horses and promoting the Irish Horse Industry.”
Camphire has much more to offer visitors than just horses and world class equestrianism with the added attraction of the Country Fair, Shopping Village, Craft and Artisan Food Stalls, which contain the best of locally produced products, as well as a Family Fun Area. The ever popular GAIN Dog Show should once again prove a huge hit for all the family with ten categories to cater for all breeds, shapes and sizes. The GAIN Dog Show this year will be in aid of The Irish Therapy Dogs Charity which offers comfort and reassurance to people who need it most. The “Birds of Prey” Display is a must for anyone who has never seen such an exhibit and is sure to draw huge attention.
Camphire Estate in West Waterford is located just ten minutes from Cappoquin, Lismore and Tallow and less than an hour from Cork and Waterford city making this venue the ideal location for the surrounding region.