Allen up in lights
Teen takes equestrian world by storm
Wexford teenager Bertram Allen continues to take the equestrian world by storm, and his name was in lights in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Allen and his mare Molly Malone came agonisingly close to becoming only the second teenager to win the World Cup final in Nevada and the first Irish rider to ever win it after Jessica Kurten (2006) and Trevor Coyle (1999) finished runners-up.
Starting out with one penalty point on his card heading into Sunday night's final round of jumping, Allen and his eleven-year-old grey had a single fence down to complete the first round on five penalties, equal second with France's Penelope Leprovost and Vagubond de la Pomme.
The Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, with Albuehren's Paille, had started on zero score and finished with no penalties to maintain his World Cup lead.
'She jumped super but it wasn't good enough today, Steve is a deserving winner,' Allen said afterwards.
'We'll keep trying, but I'll settle for third today,' he added.
Irish showjumping manager Robert Splaine said 'this is a remarkable achievement in a world championship for a 19-year-old.
'Taking this third place was an incredible performance and is great for our sport. Bertram himself is a wonderful ambassador for Ireland.'
Allen's excellent performance will gain him valuable world ranking points. He was tenth in the rankings before this competition began so is expected to improve significantly on that placing, and the display will also garner him valuable Olympic individual qualification points.