Athlacca ride is a roaring success
Showjumping boy wonder Bertram Allen took some time out from his busy international career to tackle some alternative obstacles in the Dromin-Athlacca Charity Ride recently.
Our picture, above, shows Bertram (front left) and ride organiser Brian McMahon (centre) leading riders over the imposing car fence.
While the 18-year-old may be more used to riding on sand surfaces over coloured poles, he showed that he's still got what it takes to cross any country.
Almost 170 riders took part in the event, with some riders even taking two horses to ride on the day.
In an effort to broaden the appeal of the Athlacca ride, the course was divided into three for the first time this year.
The main ride, led by Brian McMahon, consisted of the toughest riders and horses, who tackled the usual challenging route of fences, ditches, drains stone walls and banks.
There were approximately 75 jumping efforts in the main ride, covering 15 miles and passing through 35 farms.