Nineteen-year-old Irish showjumper Bertram Allen beat some of the world’s best showjumpers to take out the prestigious Longines Grand Prix at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show on Sunday.
Allen, who turned 19 earlier this month, was the only Irish combination to make it through to the eight horse jump-off. He rode Ballywalter Farms’s grey mare Molly Malone V to the fastest time of the final round, but the home crowd was on edge as last man in, the celebrated Canadian rider Ian Millar and his 11-year-old gelding Dixson, attempted to snatch the Longines trophy with a swifter finish.
However, not only did Millar and Dixson fail to match Allen’s time, they also had one fence down for four faults, relegating them to sixth overall.
A delighted Allen, who had shown form earlier this week with his clear round in the Aga Khan Trophy, also with Molly Malone, picked up the winner’s cheque of €66,000.
The runner-up prize of €40,000 went to the USA’s Kent Farrington and the 13 year-old gelding Uceko, while France’s Timothée Anciaume with Padock du Plessis*Hn received €25,000 for third place.
Ireland’s Thomas Ryan placed tenth in the Grand Prix aboard the grey gelding Caribo, being the fastest of the first round four-faulters.
Forty international riders and horses took part in the competition, which was the last international class of this year’s Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
• Greg Broderick won the 4,5 & 6 year old Horse Sport Ireland Young Horse classes in the RDS this week. Broderick was victorious with BP Castlefield (ISH), owned jointly by the rider and Ger O’Neil, while the 5 year old class was claimed by Alberta Mist (ISH) owned by Caledonia Stables. His final win of the week was achieved with Super Chilled (ISH) also owned by Caledonia Stables.
This remarkable achievement was combined with many placings during the week, including a fourth in the 4 Year Old HSI Young Horse Class with Hybernia (ISH), 6th in the HSI 5 year old class with Boleybawn Mystique (ISH), and a 4th place in the CSIO5* 1m50 jump off with MHS Going Global (ISH).
The Horse Sport Ireland 4YO class was judged by World No.1 and 2 show jumping riders Scott Brash (GBR) and Ludger Beerbaum (GER) respectively, as well as winning Nations Cup rider Jessica Springsteen.