Magic moments over a memorable weekend as Camphire comes of age!Posted on On July 30, 2019
Competitors and spectators at the Sema Lease Camphire International Horse Trials had a memorable weekend of some very magical moments as Camphire came of age on its 10th anniversary.
The excitement around the arena on Sunday was palpable for the FEI Nations Cup™ sponsored by Cahervillahow as Ireland’s team came a close second to New Zealand’s crack team which included the World’s current number one Tim Price as well as two Olympians, Tim’s wife, Jonelle Price and double Olympic Gold medallist Mark Todd.
As he stood on the winning podium Sir Mark Todd created a moment of equestrian history and an emotional response from around the arena by announcing his retirement from the sport. One of the greatest riders in the history of Equestrian Sport, New Zealand’s Mark Todd won gold medals at Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988) Olympics, the Badminton Horse Trials on four occasions, the Burghley Horse Trials five times, and as a member of New Zealand’s Eventing team, he won gold medals at the World Championships in 1990 and 1998, plus 20 or more other international events, and numerous other international individual and team titles. The announcement of his retirement made a moment of equestrian history at Camphire.
The fairy tale continued as Ireland’s Sam Watson rode a faultless round on his Irish bred Imperial Sky to emerge the Individual winner finishing on his dressage score of 27.7 amongst a field of world class competitors.
Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto and Vinci de la Ligne won the Sema Lease CCI 4* L with a faultless performance ahead of New Zealander Jonelle Price in second and Felicity Collins from GB on Just Amazing in third.
And what a weekend for Australia’s Kevin McNab! Kevin took home no less than three magnificent pieces of Waterford Crystal after winning the Blarney Castle CCI 2* L with Ballycapple Whisper, the House of Waterford Crystal CCI 3* S with Fernhill Tabasco and the Plusvital CCI YH 2* S with Vidalgo.
Britain’s JP Sheffield took the Eventing Ireland CCI 2* S class by storm finishing on his dressage score of 28.1 to win it on Hikita and finishing 3rd on Woodlander Wesuvio on 30.7 with Ireland’s Cathal Daniels in second place on Cappog Tomy. Just one point separated each of the three top horses!
There were big celebrations in the Coleman camp from Co Cork after Sian Coleman won the Gain Equine Nutrition CCI 3* L on Kate Jarvey’s homebred mare Lady Baton Rouge and proved themselves a promising combination for the future.
Event Director, Paul Brady was delighted with how the entire event had run. “We were honoured to host the FEI Nations Cup and to have so many international competitors from around the globe. More nations were represented here in this beautiful part of Co Waterford than at any other Irish international. I am so grateful to our sponsors who enabled us to stage the event, and to all our volunteers who made it run so smoothly. The local community is amazing – it’s their support and involvement that make Camphire so unique.”