Lausanne (SUI), April 13, 2012: Camilla Enemark, the 31-year-old Danish Jumping rider, passed away on Tuesday (10 April) after losing her battle against an aggressive brain tumor first diagnosed in 2006. Born on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1980, Camilla started riding competitively when she was 12 years old, going on to claim the Danish national championship in 1996.
Despite undergoing chemotherapy, she rode on the Danish team at last year’s FEI European Jumping Championships at Spain’s Club de Campo Villa de Madrid with Regino, and also competed in the FEI Nations Cup™ Top League 2011 series in Hickstead, Dublin and Rotterdam.
Camilla was married to jumping rider Peter Enemark, and together they ran the sales and training barn PC Horses in Næstved, just south of the Danish capital Copenhagen, training Jumping horses from novice level up to Grand Prix.
Poignantly, Camilla’s Facebook page carried the motto, “Always look on the bright side of life.”
Jens-Erik Majlund, Secretary General at the Danish Equestrian Federation since 2010, and previously Sports Manager at the Federation and Chef d’Equipe, worked with Camilla and her family throughout her career.
“Denmark has lost one of its biggest sporting personalities of today,” he said. “Camilla Enemark has been a role model for all Danish riders with her professional and extremely positive attitude.
“She will be sorely missed on the Danish national Jumping team where she was a core member and where her team spirit and incredible morale were a boost to everyone.”
The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Camilla Enemark’s husband Peter, the Danish Equestrian Federation and to everyone who knew Camilla and had the pleasure of competing with her.
IN MEMORIAM: AMY TRYON (USA)
Amy Tryon, team bronze medallist for the USA at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, passed away yesterday (12 April).
Born in Redmond, Washington State on 24 February 1970, Amy and her older sister got their first pony when Amy was just one. She started competing at the age of five and rode at her first event when she was just eight.
She found her top horse, the former racehorse Poggio II, in a classified advertisement in the Seattle Times newspaper. Together Amy and Poggio represented the USA at two Olympic Games, Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, and two FEI World Equestrian Games™, winning team gold in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) in 2002 and individual bronze in Aachen (GER) in 2006.
Amy was a firefighter until the summer of 2006, when she retired to dedicate herself full time to riding, basing herself out of Mapleleaf Eventing at Upson Downs in Duvall, Washington.
Captain Mark Phillips, US Eventing Team Chef d’Equipe, said: “Amy was one of my first developing riders on the West Coast and went on to be a regular member of the team for 10 years.
“We won the Worlds in 2002 and she was third individually in the Aachen World Equestrian Games. We will all miss her terribly. She was a central member of the team, and was part of some of our most successful years.”
The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Amy Tryon’s husband Greg and her family, to the United States Equestrian Federation and to the international Eventing community.