Farm Ireland

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Attractive prizes and all-new masterclass add to allure at Camphire trials

It's all systems go for Camphire International Horse Trials, set to take place this weekend August 3-5, close to Lismore, Co Waterford.

This year, the trials will include a 'masterclass' for four-year-old potential event horses. The overall aim of the class is to identify young horses of potential without over-exposing them to the stresses of real competition.

The masterclass will include basic flatwork, show jumping and introductory level cross-country in a competition environment.

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) is sponsoring the class to the tune of €1,000, with a top prize of €500 to the winner.

The class is open to horses registered on the Irish Horse Register with sire and dam recorded on their passports, as well as thoroughbreds.

HSI is also providing €1,500 in bonuses to the top six-year-old Irish Sport Horses in the five- and six-year-old CIC 1* class at the international event.

To be eligible for the prizes, the horse must be registered in the Irish Horse Register with the breed code ISH or ID, and be by a stallion that is classified as 'Approved' in the Irish Sport Horse Studbook or a stallion that is classified as 'Class 1' in the Irish Draught Horse Studbook. Horses must also have their dam documented on their passport.

HSI director of breeding, Alison Corbally, said that the bonus had been introduced to encourage owners and riders to produce their horse to a high standard with a view to Le Lion d'Angers later in the year.

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"This class is at the right time of year and it also provides an opportunity for combinations to achieve the FEI qualifications required to be eligible for Lion," she said.

Meanwhile, course designer Mike Etherington-Smith is making last-minute adjustments to his course on the banks of the river Blackwater, near the heritage town of Lismore.

Etherington-Smith is one of the most highly regarded course designers in the world, having designed the Olympic courses at the Sydney and Beijing Games, as well as courses for the World Eventing Championships in Kentucky.

Etherington-Smith last designed in Ireland some years ago for the Blarney Castle Horse Trials.

"I am delighted to be involved with the organisers in taking Camphire to the next level; the aim is to develop the beautiful setting into a destination event with a state-of-the-art eventing course and good facilities and attractions for spectators," he said.

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