There’s a large contingent of Kiwi eventers heading to the Camphire International Horse Trials in Ireland this weekend.

It is the last chance for ESNZ high performance eventers to impress selectors before the team and reserves for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games will be announced early next month. The challenging weather in the UK saw the WEG selection time frame pushed out to include Camphire.

The CCI3* has attracted 32 entries, including Tim Price aboard Ascona M and Kincooley Cruising, Blyth Tait on Dassett Courage, Jesse Campbell on Cleveland and Jonelle Price on Kindred Spirit.

The dressage gets underway this evening with Tim aboard Kincooley Cruising second out and Tait not long after. Jesse and Jonelle will also complete their dressage overnight.

The Prices are also busy in the 36 strong CIC3* with Tim on Bango and Ringwood Sky Boy, Jonelle on Cooley Showtime, Blyth on Leo Distinction and James Avery aboard Optimus Prime.

Some of the field will complete their dressage overnight including Blyth and Tim aboard Bango. Tomorrow Tim will do his dressage test on Ringwood Sky Boy, along with James and Jonelle.

The CCI2* has attracted 22 entries including Jonelle on Hester and James aboard Mr Sneezy, while the CIC2* is predominantly Irish in the 45 entries, with Virginia Thompson in on Star Nouveau, Jonelle on Grappa Nera and Jesse on Diachello.

New Zealand is also represented in the CCI1* with Hollie Swain on Solo and James aboard Seaflower.

WHAT: Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair
WHERE: Ireland
WHEN: July 25-29, 2018

The horse details:
Dassett Courage – owned by Thomas Barr, Sally Grant and Blyth Tait
Cleveland – owned by Kent Gardner and Jesse Campbell
Kincooley Cruising – owned by Susan Lamb
Ascona – owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster and Sir Peter Vela
Kindred Spirit II – owned by the Kindred Spirit Syndicate
Optimus Prime – owned by Joe, Alex and Louis Giannamore
Cooley Showtime – owned by Suzanne Houchin, Lucy and Ben Sangster and Sir Peter Vela
Leo Distinction – owned by Julia and Fiona Fraser, Jane Lovell-Smith and Blyth Tait
Ringwood Sky Boy – owned by Varenna Allen, Robert Taylor and Tim Price
Bango – owned by Numero Uno Syndicate
Star Nouveau – owned by Elaine Butterworth, Anthony Quirk and Virginia Thompson
Mr Sneezy – owned by Tiny Clapham and Ian and Heidi Woodhead
Hester – owned by Lucy Nelson
Diachello – owned by Kent Gardner and Jesse Campbell
Grappa Nera – owned by the Grape Syndicate
Solo – owned by John Bodeham
Seaflower – owned by Elizabeth Edwards

By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison