Irish Eventing team finish 2nd in FEI Eventing Nations Cup as Sam Watson wins individual

Sam Watson and Imperial Sky during their clear round in the CCIO4*-S competition at Camphire. Credit: Breandán Ó hUallacháin.

Sally Corscadden’s Irish Eventing team of Fred Scala, Sarah Ennis, Brian Morrison and Sam Watson finished in second place in the Irish leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup series at Camphire International Horse Trials in Co Waterford on Sunday.

The Irish team which has been in fifth place after Friday’s opening day Dressage phase, moved up the leaderboard to second position after an incredible Cross Country phase on Saturday which saw all four Irish combinations jump clear.

In Sunday’s Showjumping, Sarah Ennis and the Irish Sport Horse Woodcourt Garrison went clear, Brian Morrison with Global Orchid (ISH) jumped clear but incurred 1.2 penalties for finishing outside the allotted time of 79 seconds.

Fred Scala and Everon Vivendi had a difficult round as they lowered five poles for twenty penalties.

Carlow’s Sam Watson with the Irish Sport Horse Imperial Sky, the overnight leaders in the individual competition, jumped a brilliant clear round when last to go, ensuring Ireland finished with a final score of 104.90 to take the runner-up spot behind the impressive winners, New Zealand, who finished on 98.90.

Italy were third on 108.0, with Sweden in fourth, ahead of Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Watson’s clear round meant he won the individual CCIO4*-S competition sponsored by Cahervillahow, ahead of New Zealander Tim Price with the Irish Sport Horse Bango, who finished less than a fence behind.

Sarah Ennis took sixth place with another Irish Sport Horse BLM Diamond Delux, while Brian Morrison was 10th individually with Global Orchid (ISH).

Legendary New Zealand rider Mark Todd, Gold medallist at the Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988) Olympic Games announced his retirement at Camphire following his team’s victory in the Irish leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup.

Mark Todd riding Leonidas II at Camphire before the New Zealander announced his retirement. Credit: Breandán Ó hUallacháin.

In an incredible career in the saddle Todd was victorious on four occasions at Badminton Horse Trials and five times at Burghley Horse Trials.

He won Gold at the World Championships in 1990 and 1998 as part of the New Zealand eventing team, coupled with numerous other international individual and team titles.

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