Junior Grand Prix win for Allen
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Bertram Allen continued his run of recent good form when winning the Junior Grand Prix at Hagen in Germany aboard the Dutch-bred mare 'Wild Thing L', which he co-owns with his trainer, Irish senior showjumper Billy Twomey.
Wexford native Allen, who is now based in Jessica Kurten's former yard at Westphalia in Germany, was one of eleven in the jumpoff, and saw off a strong challenge from German runner-up Laura Klaphake and 'Qualdandro', who stopped the clock just a tenth of a second slower than the Irish rider.
Afterwards Allen said: 'You couldn't expect things like that, it was terrific to win. 'Wild Thing' is our horse, we bought it with Billy Twomey and we have had good success so far.
'Yesterday she also jumped a clear round in the Junior Nations' Cup.'
Allen is a former European Pony gold medal winner, and says he hopes to be selected for Ireland's Junior European showjumping squad in August.