Farm Ireland

Monday 23 October 2017

Camphire festival a fun day for everyone

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

It's full steam ahead in Cappoquin, Co Waterford, as preparations get under way for the 2013 Camphire International Horse Trials and Festival 2013.

Olympic equestrian course designer Mike Etherington-Smith has been flying over and back from his English base to oversee the transformation of the Camphire Estate for the three-day event later this month.

Set on the banks of the River Blackwater, the equestrian festival will include international competitions at one-, two- and three-star level, with Mr Etherington-Smith in charge of designing the CIC*** track.

Several of the Irish high performance squad riders intend to use Camphire as part of their selection process and the Junior and Young rider squads will be required to run in the CIC** Young Rider class, which will ensure spectators will see a host of the top riders.


The Bucas-sponsored CIC* Young Horse class will also see the cream of this year's six-year-old horses trying to catch the attention of the selectors for Le Lion-d'angers.

However, the 2013 festival is also designed as a family day out and will offer something for everyone. The packed entertainment programme will include birds of prey displays, archery, a climbing wall, garden games including giant jenga and a free childrens' arts and crafts tent.

For hungry visitors, Butlers Ice Cream, Summerhouse Bakery and O'Flynns Gourmet Sausages will be among the many food producers providing the fare at this year's event. Other highlights include a dog show on Sunday, with a special category for puppies.

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Visitors to the event are advised to dress for the occasion, with a special 'Most Appropriately Dressed' competition taking place and prizes sponsored by Dubarry.

William Wilks said he was excited about the festival atmosphere that had developed around the horse trials, which were founded in 1999 by his aunt Susan Dobbs.

"These trials have grown in both stature and quality, attracting the best riders in Ireland and Britain. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all parts of Ireland and indeed the rest of the world."

The event takes place from July 26 to 28. For more, see

Irish Independent