Allen set for World Cup
Bertram Allen took second place at the prestigious Longines World Cup Grand Prix in Zurich on Sunday and gained enough points to qualify for the 2014-'15 World Cup final in the U.S.A. in April.
The 19-year-old Wexford rider was one of just seven to make the jump-off at the Swiss show from a strong international field of just 40 combinations, and his clear round on Ballywalter Farm's mare Molly Malone V was a textbook display of horsemanship.
Allen took the lead in the jump-off with four more riders to jump, and only one competitor, Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moja, managed to overtake the Irish teenager, shaving a tenth of a second off his time with 14-year-old gelding Carlo.
Irish showjumping manager Robert Splaine said afterwards: 'Today was a remarkable achievement for young Bertram Allen.
'He not only came second against the very best in the world, but also achieved enough points to ensure his qualification for the World Cup final in Las Vegas.
'He is an outstanding talent, and an outstanding ambassador for both his country and his sport.'
Allen got his World Cup campaign rolling last year in Verona, Italy, with a win in his first-ever attempt at this level, again with the grey mare Molly Malone V.
As well as the valuable points gained in Switzerland, Allen was also rewarded with prize money of €37,000. The winner collected €90,000.
Allen is currently ranked 15th in the world, while this result rockets him up to 15th place in the Western European League World Cup standings.