Camphire International

Its hard to imagine a better place than last weekend in Camphire . The stunning setting with the Mature trees, which incidentally includes the largest oak tree in Ireland!! The Blackwater River running by and the backdrop of the Beautiful Camphire house its-self. Top this off with two days of sunshine and this really is my idea of Paradise!!
Some of Irelands most talented horses competed over the two days with some very exciting finishes to the international classes.
The Ennis sisters were in great form and I have to say given their recent sad loss they gave it their all as usual, forever the professionals.
Sarah steered the Porshe mare Sugar Brown Babe into the winners enclosure in the hotly contested CIC 2 star, she did give one of the show jumps a good rattle but no prizes for guessing who was holding it in its place. We miss you Orla but know you were there with us.
Sarah was on fire also taking 3rd with Stellor Rebound and 5th with The Underdog.
The other two Ennis sisters fought it out for the top spot in the CIC 5/6 year old class. Nicola rolled a pole in the show jumping which left the door open for Niamh to slot into the winners enclosure leaving Nicola down the order in 5th.
Our own Fernhill Ultimate really came into his own at this event and slotted in to 2nd place finishing on his dressage score of 46. This is the first time Fraser has asked him to gallop as he knew time penalties in this class would prove expensive, he rose to the occasion but was not keen to pull up at the end of the track, Fraser looked set to have a second tour of the solid fences but managed to explain the rules to Ultimate just before the boundary ropes of the collecting ring!!
Two more Fernhill residents also contested the CIC 5/6 year old class and we were delighted with their performance. Sea Top Boy was clear both XC and in the show jumping, time penalties xc were expected with him as he is just moving up to this level. Our new addition Spirit In The Sky who I had recently spotted show jumping in the Mill Street Boomerang class was thrown in at the deep end and came out of the weekend a very happy and better educated chap. He has a little miss understanding with Fraser at Fence 5 which resulted in 20 penalties but by the finish they really looked like they had been together more that the couple of days they had to prepare. All our young horses posted clear rounds in the show jumping which excited us a lot, this phase is so important and it was good to see them fresh and jumping well after the mornings xc test.
Thanks and congratulations must go to the Team at Camphire headed up by ” The Brady Boys” as they are now affectionatly called.

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