Camilla Enemark, the 31-year-old Danish Jumping rider, passed away on Tuesday (10 April) after losing her battle against an aggressive brain tumour 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.
Photo caption: Denmark’s Camilla Enemark competing on Regino at the FEI European Jumping Championships 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Image: Benedicte Krüger Nielsen.