Olympics beckon for Camilla Spiers

The popular Athy based eventer, Camilla Spiers looks set to secure Olympics qualification for Ireland after a resounding success in the Ballindenisk international in Cork at the weekend.

The popular Athy based eventer, Camilla Spiers looks set to secure Olympics qualification for Ireland after a resounding success in the Ballindenisk international in Cork at the weekend.

Twenty-two year old Camilla Speirs maintained her dressage lead through the cross country and show jumping phases at the CIC competition in Ballindenisk, in Co Cork at the weekend to take the winner’s trophy on the Irish-bred gelding Portersize Just a Jiff.

The results means the Kildare rider is now in the world’s top thirty riders and with a final tally of positions due this coming week, it looks increasingly likely that she will be representing Ireland and Co Kildare in the London Olympics later this year.

After the competition the Athy competitor was quick to praise her star horse and said: “Jif has done it again! What a horse! Words cannot explain the feeling! After all the hard work this year it’s paid off!” She paid tribute to the many locally and around Ireland who have supported her in her bid to reach the Olympics. And she added: “Thank you so much for all your support…bring on London.”

It has been a momentous few weeks for the affable Kildare competitor who was recently named as the Senior Eventing Rider of the Year at the Irish Field Awards. The Kildare rider also writes an increasingly popular column on a fortnightly basis for the bible of the equestrian community. Receiving the award from Leo Powell, editor of the Irish Field, she paid tribute to her parents, Bridget and Niall, who have vigorously supported the 21 year old every step of the way in her fledgling career. She also remains very much a contender for Olympic qualification in London later this year.