Bertram Allen breaks into world top 10
Bertram Allen has broken into the world's top 10 show jumping riders.
He has been ranked 10th in the latest Longines World Rider Rankings, which measure the monthly performances of over 2,000 riders internationally, .
With two recent World Cup qualifying competition wins under his belt, the 19-year-old Wexford rider (pictured right)has 2,355 points, with Germany's Daniel Deusser No 1 on 2,825 points.
Allen won his first ever World Cup competition at Verona late last year aboard Ballywalter Farms's mare Molly Malone V. He followed that up in February with another win at Bordeaux in France on Billy Twomey's stallion Romanov.
He is also the only Irish rider to qualify for the FEI World Cup Final at Las Vegas later this month, and is now one of the favourites to take the trophy.
If he does, he will be the youngest winner in 30 years and the first show jumper from Ireland to win the event.
The nearest Ireland has come to taking the World Cup crown were runner-up places from Trevor Coyle and the legendary Cruising in 1999 and Jessica Kurten with Castle Forbes Libertina in 2006.