Wexford teenager Bertram Allen finished fifth in the five-star Grand Prix at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands on Sunday after a gruelling contest that saw some of the world’s top riders fail to qualify for the jump-off.
With only five combinations going through to the final round from a starting field of 38, 18 year-old Allen produced a foot-perfect opening performance with Ballywalter Farms’s grey mare Molly Malone V, but faulted twice in the jump-off to finish fifth overall with prize money of 24,500 euro.
The 87,500 euro first prize went to France’s Kevin Staut and the mare Silvana HDC, who delivered one of just three double clear rounds in the high-profile competition.
Earlier Sunday at the Dutch venue, Antrim’s Jessica Kurten took victory in the Accumulator competition aboard Vdl Stud’s chestnut stallion Arezzo VDL, with Tipperary’s Denis Lynch finishing sixth with Gestüt Lewitz’s mare Coulisa.
At the two-star show in Ocala, Florida, Ireland’s Cian O’Connor won the 1m45 opening class with Carolus Z, while Darragh Kenny placed sixth on Picolo.
In Eventing, Ireland’s Aoife Clark finished sixth of 92 starters at the two-star competition in Fontainebleau, France, riding the Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Adventure. The three-day event was won by Germany’s Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam.