Australia’s Chris Burton has taken out the top class at Ireland’s Camphire International Horse Trials in Co. Waterford, and was also first and second in the two-star class.
Burton set off for cross-country in the Gain/Alltech CIC3* on his dressage score of 39.1, having put in a clear round showjumping on Saturday night. In heavy, wet conditions, Burton and Nobilis added 8 cross-country faults, finishing on 47.1 to take home the top honours. Burton rode for Australia at the London 2012 Olympics, and is ranked 30th in the world.
Irish combinations accounted for seven of the top ten places in the 42-strong international field, with Ireland’s junior gold medalist Cathal Daniels moving up the rankings from fifth to second place on the eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua, finishing on their dressage score of 49.
Austin O’Connor and Kilpatrick Knight (ISH) were third with 52.2, and Sarah Ennis was fourth with the Irish Sport Horse BLM Diamond Delux, finishing with 54.1 penalties.
Fifth place went to last year’s winner Sam Watson on Horseware Lukeswell (ISH), while Austin O’Connor took seventh on the Irish Sport Horse Morning Venture and also eighth with another Irish Sport Horse, Balham Houdini. Watson’s other mount in the class, Horseware Bushman, Ireland’s most successful event horse with 1335 points, finished out of the ribbons.
Tenth place was claimed by Patricia Ryan and the Irish Sport Horse Tullineaskey Hi Ho.
Burton’s second mount, TS Jamaimo, who was fourth going into the cross-country, was retired at the ninth fence after racking up 60 penalties.
The top five in the Castleacre Insurance CCI2* finished on their dressage scores, with Chris Burton and Santano II (Sandro Hit) taking the winner’s trophy, ending on what is thought to be a world-record dressage score of 24.5. Burton also rode Cooley Lands to second on 38.1, and New Zealand’s Jesse Campbell completed the Australasian podium when taking third with Cleveland on 41.6.
Britain’s Georgie Spence and Diamond Cove finished in fourth place with 44.1, and New Zealand’s Jock Paget was fifth on the New Zealand-bred thoroughbred Angus Blue.
Austin O’Connor featured again as best of the Irish, finishing sixth on 51.3 with Day by Day (ISH).
Burton’s incredible score of 24.5 with Santano II is the lowest finishing score for any international class since 2010, and beats a record previously held by Eventing World Champion Sandra Auffarth.
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Cathal Daniels added to his three-star second placing with a win in the Bucas CIC2* Young Rider. Despite dropping a jumping rail on the 13-year-old black Irish stallion Barnaboy Freeman, Daniels held on to the lead to win with 58.7, just ahead of fellow Irish rider Alex Lee-Simpson and Bonza Rusty May with 59.1. Britain’s Natasha Brent and Mini Bubble, who finished third with 62.3, were the only combination who did not pick up any faults in the jumping and cross-country phases.
Daniels, 18, has been selected for the Gain Horse Feeds Young Rider Eventing Squad that will compete for Ireland in the 2015 European Championships in Strzegom, Poland next month.
Irish High Performance Young Rider Eventing Team Manager Sally Corscadden was at Camphire to select one final rider for her Championships team. “Even though we have lost two of our team members from last year’s Gold Medal winning team through injury,” she explained, “we were able to replace them with two Junior team gold medalists who moved up into Young Riders -Cathal Daniels and Susie Berry.”
Two dropped rails in the CCI1* cost Britain’s Emilie Chandler the win on Cooley Roller Coaster, with the combination dropping to fifth place, paving the way for an Australian quinella.
Emma Dougall took out the win on Fernhill Tabasco with 41.9, with Kevin McNab riding Tomgar Hugo Boss second on 43.3. Irish rider Elizabeth Power moved up to third on Creevagh Miss Ferro SL with 44.2, and fellow Irish rider Padraig McCarthy finished fourth on Bernadette Utopia, with 46.9.
British rider Flora Harris took out the Land Rover CIC1* on Cesano H, finishing on their dressage score of on 40.9. Dressage leader Jodie O’Keeffe went clear over the final cross-country phase, but two dropped jumping rails relegated the Irish rider to second on Kachemire Le Beau.
British rider David Doel also finished on his dressage score of 46 on Ricoshea to take third place.
The CIC2* class was won by Ireland’s Clare Abbott and Glenkeeran River (ISH).
Ireland’s Sophie Richards and SRS Adventure won the CICYH1* for Six-Year-Olds, with a score of 35.5. Second was Cathal Daniels and Sammy Davis Junior with 35.6, and Britain’s Rosie Fry was third on Arise Cavalier with 38.
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