EVENTING – Daniels takes second in Camphire three-star, O’Connor third

Eighteen year-old Cathal Daniels scored a notable second place in the main feature class at Camphire International Horse Trials in Co. Waterford this afternoon (Sunday).

Daniels, who has already 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, finished on his dressage score of 49.00 after going clear through the show jumping and cross country phases.

Riding Margaret Kinsella’s Irish Sport Horse mare Rioghan Rua, Daniels finished less than two penalty points off the winning score of Australia’s Christopher Burton and Nobilis 18, and moved up three places from his overnight fifth position.

Irish combinations accounted for seven of the top ten places in the 42-strong international field at Camphire’s three-star competition, with Austin O’Connor and Kilpatrick Knight (ISH)(TIH) finishing in third and Sarah Ennis with the Irish Sport Horse BLM Diamond Delux in fourth.

Fifth place went to Sam Watson and Horseware Lukeswell (ISH)(TIH), 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.

Austin O’Connor featured again as best of the Irish in the CCI2* at Camphire, finishing sixth on 51.3 with Day by Day (ISH) with Christopher Burton again taking the winner’s trophy, riding Santano II.

The CIC2* class was won by Ireland’s Clare Abbott and Glenkeeran River (ISH)(TIH).