Ireland’s Sam Watson won the CIC three-star event at Camphire Horse Trials in Waterford on Sunday, capping off a big week for the rider.
The Carlow-based rider’s top horse, Horseware Bushman, did not not compete at Camphire because of a minor injury, so Watson’s chances of winning looked slim. But his upcoming nine-year-old Horseware Lukeswell did the business – only days after the rider’s second son Toby was born.
Horseware Lukeswell put up a stunning performance in the Castleacre Insurance Brokers and Chubb insurances CIC3*. 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. Watson is on Ireland’s team for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, riding Horseware Bushman.
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.