Camperdown veteran takes out elite class

TOP RIDE: Lakes and Craters three-day event CCI three-star winner Seumas Marwood with 15-year-old Wild Oats. Picture: Vicky Hughson

SEUMAS Marwood is more than familiar with Camperdown’s Lakes and Craters three-day event.

ThePakenham-based rider hasbeen making the trek to Camperdown “on and off” over the past 30 years, and over the weekend put in a strong showing to take out the CCI three-star class on his mount Wild Oats.

The pair have previously won the one-star class–going back “six or seven” years ago –and more recently finished runner-up in the three-star class in the Camperdown Horse Trials.

Marwood had not previously competed in the three-star class at the Lakes and Cratersevent, but went into the weekend’s competition with a clear plan of attack.

“I went there with three goals in mind,” he said.

“First, to win the class.

“Second, to win it with a score of under 60 –that puts you automatically on the nationals selection squad.

“Third, to get a score that would win it regardless of the size of the field.”

Marwood ticked all the boxes, finishing with a score of 50.8 –50.4 coming from his dressage, while he finished one second over in cross country and had clean jumps in the showjumping.

In his first competitionat Camperdown in 1986, Marwood –now 53 years old –said he had been inspired by Camperdown great and former Olympian Bill Roycroft.

“That was the last event Bill Roycroft rode in,” he said.

“He was 60 at the time. I’ve always drawn inspiration from Bill riding at that age. I’m not that old yet, but watching him compete still and be such strong rider at that age was inspiring.”

In other major classes, Tarryn Proctor won the CIC three-star class on ESB Irish Quest, Jacqui Bladier took out the CIC two-star on Ramirus and Callum Buczak won the CCI one-star on Joie du Lys.

Madeleine O’Callaghan won the CCI young rider one-star on Fernloch Allemande, Edith Kane took out the CCN105 on Maxicat and Hannah McLean won the CCN junior 105 on Incy Wincy Spider.

Lakes and Craters joint event secretary Jen Best said, with the introduction of a new 80-centimetre class to the international event, numbers were high over the four days.

“We had a very, very successful weekend,” she said.

“We were closer to record entries –there were 320 horses entered for the weekend.

“By adding that 80-centimetre class, we added an extra 110 riders.

“Barry Roycroft designed and built the new course for them. They had an absolute blast.”

Best said organisers had worked hard to incorporate the local community in the Lakes and Craters event.

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