Allen brothers double up on glory trail
WEXFORD'S brilliant Allen brothers - 20-year-old Bertram who is No 7 in the world rankings, and his 14-year-old brother Harry, who looks set to follow in his footsteps - secured sensational doubles at the international showjumping fixtures in Stockholm and Lichtenvoorde (Holland) over at the weekend.
Harry Allen was first out of the starting blocks with back-to-back wins in the Children on Horses competitions, riding the mare that Bertram on the road to success.
The 12-year-old Wild Thing lived up to her name when racing home to win the 1.20m Challenge by a massive five-second margin and then did it again in the Two-Phase competition.
Bertram secured his first victory with Quiet Easy in the Volkswagen Cup. First to go, he set the target in 60.95 seconds and, try as they would, the rest just couldn't catch the Irish pair.
The German-based Wexford rider (below) proved untouchable again in the six-horse Grand Prix jump-off to win his second Volkswagen car of the weekend.
In the end he went home with a fleet of them when handed the keys of a third as Leading International Rider of the Show.
Meanwhile in Palm Beach, Florida, County Down's Conor Swail left the rest floundering in his wake when scorching home to win the $212,000 4-Star Grand Prix.
Only three of the 32 starters qualified for the second round jump-off and Swail emerged triumphant as he steered the 10-year-old Viva Colombia to victory.