Australia’s Chris Burton reigned supreme with an outstanding performance at Ireland’s Camphire International Horse Trials in Co. Waterford,
Burton led the CIC3* from the start on Nobilis 18, and despite 8 cross-country time faults maintained his lead to finish on 47.1 penalties, and was also first and second in the two-star class breaking a world record on the way.
Irish combinations accounted for seven of the top ten places in the 42-strong international field, with Ireland’s Cathal Daniels moving up the rankings from fifth to second place on Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua, finishing on their dressage score of 49.
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.
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 Sam Watson and 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.
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 CCI2* finished on their dressage scores, with Chris Burton and Santano II taking the winner’s trophy, ending on their 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).
Cathal Daniels added to his three-star second placing with a win in the Young Rider CIC2*. Despite dropping a jumping rail on 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.
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 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.
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