Three cards in one weekend
Wexford showjumping sensation Bertram Allen earned €10,000 for a fourth place finish at the Gucci Gold Cup competition in Paris on Saturday - having won a staggering three cars over the previous weekend!
Partnering 'Quiet Easy' in the tough competition in France, the 20-year-old was close to the top three despite having a fence down in both rounds.
Only three riders from the starting field of 28 managed zero tallies in the first round, but Allen was fastest of the four-faulters moving into the second phase after setting a hot pace.
Ten advanced to the winning round, with Allen and his chestnut gelding from the Quainton Stud faulting one more time.
However, their blistering speed saw them overcome this setback and finish fourth in the event won by local favourite Simon Delestre.
There was confirmation earlier in the week that Allen has now reached sixth in the world rankings, a rise of one place after a series of stellar performances during the month of November.
He entered the elite top 20 for the first time in November, 2014, and needed just four months before leaping into the top ten. He has been there ever since, rising as high as fifth on two occasions.
Allen is the highest-ranking of the seven Irish riders in the world's top one hundred, ahead of Denis Lynch (27th), Conor Swail (31st), Darragh Kenny (59th), Cian O'Connor (66th), Billy Twomey (91st) and Shane Sweetnam (93rd).
The much-travelled Wexford lad enjoyed an incredible weekend in Stockholm recently when he won no fewer than three Volkswagen cars!
Partnered once again by 'Quiet Easy', Allen pocketed his first set of keys when winning a speed class with the eleven-year-old, being more than three-quarters of a second faster than the runner-up.
They followed up with success in the grand prix event which earned another car, and the crowning glory came when Allen was named the show's leading rider which carried a prize of…yes, you've guessed it, a Volkswagen car!
That made it a grand total of five cars Allen has won in 2015, as he also collected a Mercedes at Geesteren in the Netherlands during the summer, while another vehicle won in Dortmund was kindly given to his groom.
He plans to sell the three latest additions to his growing collection.
The grand prix win was achieved with a dominant performance as he produced one of only three double clears, finishing a full two and three-quarter seconds faster than his nearest rival which is a wide margin in showjumping.
And Bertram may have stiff competition from his own family home very soon as his 14-year-old brother, Harry, recorded consecutive wins recently in the Children on Horses competitions at Lichtenvoorde with his older brother's 'Wild Thing L'.
Bertram is one of five nominees for the 'Irish Independent' young sportstar of the year along with jockey Jonathan Burke, golfer Leona Maguire, footballer Diarmuid O'Connor and hurler Tadhg De Búrca.
The holder of the title from 2014, he continued his sensational form after finishing third at the World Cup final in Las Vegas in April.
He also won several Grand Prix events and was a key member of the triumphant Aga Khan Cup team at Dublin Horse Show in August. Two big wins beforehand on the indoor circuit, in Bordeaux and Verona, had pushed him up to the top ten individuals before he took the World Cup by storm with a victory in the opening event last winter.