Camphire in Co. Waterford is currently hosting the fourth round of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nations Cup Series which is the Irish team’s first Nations Cup competition this season.
The Irish team for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup of Ireland is:
Sarah Ennis with Woodcourt Garrison (ISH).
Brian Morrison and Global Orchid (ISH).
Fred Scala with Everon Vivendi (ISH).
Sam Watson and Imperial Sky (ISH).
Team Ireland is a mixture of experienced riders and promising new talent, and includes two members of Ireland’s silver medal winning team from the 2018 World Equestrian Games.
“We want to produce a strong competitive performance so it is great to have two of our World Equestrian Games silver medal winning team riders [Sam Watson and Sarah Ennis] on the squad and to give up and coming riders Brian Morrison and Fred Scala senior team experience” said Irish team manager Sally Corscadden.
The Dressage phase, which takes place over two days, began on Thursday, and continues today, Friday. The Cross Country phase is on Saturday with the Show Jumping phase on Sunday.
Three of the Irish Nations Cup team completed their dressage on Thursday. Sarah Ennis with BLM Diamond Delux lies in individual 11th on a score of 31.5, while she is in 28th with Woodcourt Garrison on 35.4.
Brian Morrison and Global Orchid are in individual 13th on a score of 32.2, while Fred Scala with Corriebeg Vivendi (AKA Everon Vivendi) sits in individual 33rd on a score of 36.4
The Irish team is in 6th place behind leaders Sweden after Thursday’s action. Ireland’s final team member, Sam Watson with Imperial Sky, will compete in the dressage phase on Friday.
Competitors from China, Japan and New Zealand will be joined by athletes from across Europe, with eight teams doing battle in the FEI Nations Cup – seeking to win the FEI’s Silver Salver and House of Waterford Crystal’s magnificent Crystal trophy.