Pictured at the launch were: L tor R: Joanne Hurley, Irish Country Manager, GAIN Equine Nutrition, Paul Brady, Event Organiser, Ciaran Glynn, International Event Rider and Elaine Fenton, Regional Manager, South West, Alltech. Photo: Dan McGrath/Editorial Images.
The 2017 CCI3*** Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair which takes place on the historic and picturesque grounds of Camphire Estate is ready to go. The event will take place from Friday, 28th to Sunday, 30th July and will be run on the Wilks family Camphire Estate and on the adjoining Browne family farm on the banks of the Blackwater River in West Waterford and is less than one hour from Cork and Waterford cities.
The feature event this year will be the GAIN/Alltech Equine Nutrition CCI3*class, along with several classes for younger horses as well as a 1*competition for amateur riders.
Paul Brady, Event Organiser said, “This is the eight year for the Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair and it continues to grow from strength to strength, recognised internationally as one of Ireland’s leading events attracting competitors, horse enthusiasts and visitors from home and abroad to the show jumping, dressage and challenging cross country course.
It takes huge cost and support in order to be able to run an international event such as this and I give special thanks to our main sponsors GAIN Equine Nutrition and Alltech and also Bucas, Castlecare Insurance, Tom Murphy Car Sales VW, Horse Sport Ireland and Eventing Ireland for their continued support. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our land owners, the Wilks and the Browne family for this spectacular venue, and also the wider local community and our large team of volunteers – without their support this event would be impossible to run.
Camphire has much more to offer visitors than just horses and world class equestrianism with the added attraction of the Country Fair, Shopping Village, Craft and Artisan Food Stalls, which contain the best of locally produced products, as well as a Family Fun Area. The ever popular GAIN Dog Show should once again prove a huge hit for all the family with ten categories to cater for all breeds, shapes and sizes. The GAIN Dog Show this year will be in aid of The Irish Therapy Dogs Charity which offers comfort and reassurance to people who need it most (more details to follow). The “Birds of Prey” Display is a must for anyone who has never seen such an exhibit and is sure to draw huge attention.”
This internationally recognised event attracts many overseas international and Olympic riders and plays host to thousands of visitors from home and abroad. It is a great opportunity for our riders and horses to perform to the highest international level here in Ireland, while also providing our breeders and producers with an international platform showcasing and promoting the very best of Irish bred horses and promoting the Irish Horse Industry.
Once again the challenging cross-country course will be designed by renowned Olympic and World Equestrian Games course designer Mike-Etherington-Smith along with Paul Brady.
Speaking at the event on behalf of sponsors, Joanne Hurley, Irish Country Manager, GAIN Equine Nutrition commented, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Alltech by extending our relationship with Camphire International Horse Trials. Over the last number of years the event has grown from strength to strength and is now a firm fixture in the international eventing calendar. The introduction of the new CCI3* class is testament to the development of the event and we are excited to sponsor this new class.
Many of our customers are very involved in eventing and we feel that this collaboration with Camphire reinforces our commitment to this equestrian sector. We wish all competitors the very best of luck with this event and also for the remainder of the 2017 season”.
At the launch, Elaine Fenton, Regional Manager, South West, Alltech said, “Alltech are delighted to work in partnership with GAIN Equine Nutrition this year at Camphire. The introduction of the new CCI3*class is an exciting progression and we are really looking forward to it. Alltech’s range of nutritional solutions have been included in GAIN Equine Nutrition for over 30 years so this sponsorship showcases our partnership and continues our support of the equine industry”.
Camphire Estate in West Waterford is located just ten minutes from Cappoquin, Lismore and Tallow and less than an hour from Cork and Waterford city making this venue the ideal location for the surrounding region.