Preparations under way in Ireland for showcase Camphire event

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Gain Horse Feeds and Alltech will sponsor this year's Camphire International Horse Trials CIC*** in July. Pictured at the launch at Camphire House are Joanne Hurley, Irish Equine country manager for Gain Horse Feed; Allen Brady, or Camphire International Horse Trials; Michael Phillips, business manager for Gain; Paul Brady, of the Camphire trials; Mary Delaney, head of Equine Gain Horse Feeds; Fergal McAdam, regional sales manager for Alltech; and Paul Beecher on Loughnatousa Eric. Photo: Dan McGrath
Gain Horse Feeds and Alltech will sponsor this year’s Camphire International Horse Trials CIC*** in July. Pictured at the launch at Camphire House are, standing from left, Joanne Hurley, Irish equine country manager for Gain Horse Feed; Allen Brady, or Camphire International Horse Trials; Michael Phillips, business manager for Gain; Paul Brady, of the Camphire trials; Mary Delaney, head of Equine Gain Horse Feeds; Fergal McAdam, regional sales manager for Alltech; and Paul Beecher on Loughnatousa Eric. Photo: Dan McGrath

Organisers of Ireland’s showcase Camphire International Horse Trials are starting to build towards the 2015 event in its traditional and popular setting.

Camphire International Horse Trials & Country Fair runs seven international classes on the spectacular grounds of Camphire House and the Browne family farm on the Blackwater River in County Waterford.

Organisers of the CIC*** event have announced Gain Horse Feeds and Alltech as major sponsors.

This year’s event will take place from July 22-26, with the Gain/Alltech CIC*** being the showcase class.

With a cross-country course designed by Mike Etherington-Smith, who regularly designs at CCI 4**** level for events such as the Olympics, Rolex Kentucky, and the World Equestrian Games, the class attracts a great deal of international interest.

The CIC*** class last year drew 42 entries, including 19 international entries from nine countries. Competitors included Lucy Wiegersma of Great Britain, Olympian Lucinda Fredericks of Australia, and Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy.

“It’s a super class at a super event,” said Murphy. “The facilities are top-notch and the setting around Camphire House on the Blackwater River is stunning. It’s a great combination for competitors and spectators.”

Gain and Alltech are long-time major sponsors of several equestrian events, including the Gain/Alltech Autumn Grand Prix Show Jumping League in Ireland. Alltech sponsored the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy last year and in Kentucky in 2010.

Camphire event organiser Paul Brady said Gain and Alltech had been wonderful supporters of equestrian sport and of Camphire for a long time.

He signalled that many plans for improvements for competitors, spectators, and volunteers were in the pipeline this year.

Alltech regional sales manager Fergal McAdam described Camphire as a fantastic and unique event, which the company was pleased to support.

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