Allen leads Irish charge in Netherlands
Irish showjumpers secured a treble of wins at the 2/3-Star fixture at Drachten in the Netherlands and were also on form at 5-Star Basel in Switzerland over the weekend.
It was an Irish one-two in Saturday's 2-Star Medium Tour Final at the Dutch venue where 18-year-old Wexford native Bertram Allen steered the classy 11-year-old bay gelding, Wrangler, into pole position ahead of Cameron Hanley with the dashing nine-year-old mare Caretina de Joter.
Hanley topped the Medium Tour 1.40m class with the 11-year-old grey gelding Dundee VD Dwerse Hagen while fellow-Mayoman, Alex Duffy, pipped Allen for pole position in the Big Tour Speed event.
This was a close-fought affair with Duffy's 10-year-old mare Corona breaking the beam just 0.17 seconds sooner than Allen's mare, Wild Thing.
Denis Lynch, Shane Breen and Jessica Kuerten were in action at Basel where Lynch kicked off with a strong third placing in the 1.55m Jump-off with All Star.
Breen's new ride, Farao van T Vennehof, clinched fourth and fifth placings in Speed classes and the British-based Tipperary man's former horse, Cos I Can, which is now competed by American starlet Reed Kessler, pinned the Irishman and another new member of Breen's strong string of horses, Confident of Victory, into fifth place in Saturday's exciting 1.50m Jump-Off.
Kuerten finished eighth in the same class with VDL Arezzo, and was best Irish finisher when 11th with VDL Zapatero in yesterday's Basel Grand Prix won by Sweden's Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Casall ASK.