Ireland lies 2nd in FEI Eventing Nations Cup with Sam Watson leading Individual

Sam Watson and the Irish Sport Horse Imperial Sky lead the Individual standings at Camphire. Credit: Breandán Ó hUallacháin.

Sally Corscadden’s Irish Eventing team of Fred Scala, Sarah Ennis, Brian Morrison and Sam Watson lie second in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Camphire International Horse Trials in Co. Waterford, following a brilliant Cross Country phase on Saturday.

Beginning the day, Team Ireland was fifth in their home leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup, but on a day of incredible performances, all four Irish team combinations jumped clear in the Cross Country.

The FEI Evening Nations Cup leaderboard is very tight going into Sunday’s Showjumping phase. Ireland are on 99.50 penalties in second, just over a fence behind leaders New Zealand, who are on 94.90 penalties, while Sweden are third of the eight teams on 103.0 penalties.

Carlow’s Sam Watson and the Irish Sport Horse Imperial Sky now lead the Individual competition ahead of New Zealand’s Sir Mark Todd with Leonidas II, while his fellow Kiwi, Tim Price is third with Bango.

The other Irish team members, Brian Morrison and The Irish Sport Horse Global Orchid are 13th, Fred Scala with Everon Vivendi stand 15th and Sarah Ennis and Woodcourt Garrison (ISH) are 20th. Ennis also lies in eighth position with another Irish Sport Horse, BLM Diamond Delux.

Irish team manager Sally Corscadden was thrilled with her team’s outstanding Cross Country performance on Saturday:

“Yes I’m really delighted. Great performances from all the team riders across the country today. It’s exciting to have new horse and rider combinations stepping up in class and great to for Sam [Watson] to deliver a classic round inside the time. It’s going to be very close in the Show Jumping tomorrow, so still some work to be done.”

The FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Camphire concludes on Sunday afternoon with the Showjumping phase.

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